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JFDA Cautions Against Herbal Cures

The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) on Monday warned the public against certain “doctors” who appear on satellite channels claiming they can treat some chronic and infectious diseases using herbal remedies.

JFDA Director General Mohammad Rawashdeh told The Jordan Times that the administration last week closed an unlicensed factory belonging to a non-Jordanian doctor who claims he can cure and other maladies.

He noted that the factory was discovered in a building in east Amman, which also houses a call centre.

“The manufacturer is marketing his products on one of the satellite channels and people telephone the call centre, where they are advised about the medicine and the cost that they should transfer to a certain bank account,” Rawashdeh explained.

He noted that the administration found the factory through a shipping company that delivers its products to customers.

Rawashdeh said the doctor was prohibited from producing and marketing his products in the Kingdom “some time ago”, but then began smuggling them in from a neighboring country.

“Each packet in the shipment contained six bottles of herbal mixtures, claiming to cure cancer and other chronic diseases, together with a cassette or CD from the producer providing instructions on how to use them,” Rawashdeh noted.

He added that those who ordered this shipment had already paid JD500 to the manufacturer and around JD80 to the smugglers.

After the smuggling attempt was foiled, the doctor opened the illegal factory in Amman, according to Rawashdeh, who added that the administration received several complaints from people who used his products.

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