NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


March 1, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

CURRAN ORDERS NEVADA HEALTH PRODUCT RETAILER
TO CEASE SENDING FALSE MEDICAL RECALL NOTICES

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.’s Consumer Protection Division has ordered a Nevada company, Health Notification Service, and its owners and operators, Debra L. Peeples and Roger J. Peeples, to cease mailing false medical recall notices into Maryland and to stop offering and selling their "Miracle Brand Natural Progesterone Cream" product to Maryland residents.

Health Notification Service, of Henderson, Nevada, has been mailing an advertisement to Maryland residents that is labeled as a "Medical Recall Notice." The "Medical Recall Notice" falsely states that prescription estrogen and progesterone products have been the subject of medical recalls, and that these products are hazardous to consumers’ health, including that they could cause breast cancer, cervical cancer and endometrial cancer. The notice advises consumers that they should instead use Health Notification Service’s natural progesterone product. However, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), no prescription drug estrogen or progesterone products have been the subject of a medical recall. The Consumer Protection Division also concluded that Health Notification Service’s natural progesterone product is a drug that has not been approved by the FDA, and therefore cannot be legally sold in the United States.

The Division found that the company and its owners have committed multiple violations of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act and ordered them to stop selling their products in Maryland and to return the payments they received from Maryland consumers for their products.

"This company and its principals are trying to sell their products using deceptive scare tactics," said Curran. "Companies that sell health products must advertise their products honestly so that consumers can make informed decisions regarding their health."

Consumers with complaints against either Health Notification Service or Debra and Roger Peeples should contact the Consumer Protection Division at (410) 528-1840.

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