Warning Letter to Heritage Institute

August 20, 2006

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Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
Minneapolis District


240 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1999
Telephone: 612-334-4100

June 20, 1997

Hannelore M. Davis, Owner
Heritage Institute
629 Hwy G
Hancock, WI 54943

Ref. No. MIN-97-49

Dear Ms Davis:

During a recent inspection of your firm, an investigator from the Food and Dmg Administration (FDA) collected information that revealed a serious regulatory problem involving the products listed below which are made and/or marketed by your firm:

  1. 10/4 Chakra charger
  2. Bio Shield 2000
  3. Rare earth magnets
  4. Braasier magnets
  5. Shoe magnets
  6. Gemini Dual Pacer

Under United States Federal law [the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the Act)], these products are considered to be medical devices because they are used to diagnose or treat a medical condition or to affect the structure or function of the body. The law requires that manufacturers of medical devices obtain marketing clearance for their products from FDA before they may offer them for sale. This helps protect the public health by assuring that new medical devices are shown to be either safe and effective or substantially equivalent to other devices already legally marketed in this country.

Our records do not show that you obtained marketing clearance before you began offering your products for sale. The kind of information you need to submit in order to obtain this clearance is described in the enclosed materials. The FDA will evaluate this information and decide whether your products may be legally marketed.

Because you do not have marketing clearance from FDA, marketing your devices is a violation of the law. In legal terms, the products are adulterated under Section 501(f)(1)(B) and misbranded under Section 502(o) of the Act. Your devices are adulterated under the Act because you did not obtain pre-market approval based on information developed by you that shows they are safe and effective. Your products are misbranded under the Act because you did not submit information that show your devices arc substantially equivalent to other devices that arc legally marketed and because you did not register your establishment and list your products with FDA.

You should also be aware that your products are also misbranded under Section 502(f)(1) of the Act because the directions for use given in the labeling are not adequate to allow a layperson to safely and effectively use the products for their intended purpose. This is because a layperson cannot self-diagnose and self-treat many of the medical conditions for which your products are intended and because the products are not adequate and effective treatment for these conditions, such as, for cancer, HIV, AIDS, tumors and stroke.

You should undcrstand that there are many FDA requirements pertaining to the manufacture and marketing of medical devices. This letter pertains only to the issues of pre-market clearance, truthful and adequate labeling, and registration and listing; it does not necessarily address other obligations you have under the law. You may obtain general information about all of FDA’s requlrements for manufacturers of medical devices by contacting our Divsion of Small Manufacturer’s Assistance at 800-638-2041 or through the Intcmct at www.fda.gov.

Your firm also markets and distributes the 4-6 product Pau D’Arco Tea. Your instructions (labeling) entitled “Instructions for making Pau D’Arco Tea” include therapeutic claims which cause this product to be a drug as stated within Section 201(g) of the Act.

Objectionable claims include the following: “For relief of ulcers take 4 to 6 ounces…,” “For leukemia this formula is used by doctors…,” “when taking tea for cancer you should…”

Since the drug is a “new drug,” as stated in Section 201(p) of the Act, it may not be marketed in the United States without an approved new drug application as directed under section 505(a) of the Act.

This drug is also misbranded under the Act for two reasons. First, under Section 502(f)(1), the labeling fails to include adequate directions for use for the recommended conditions. Secondly, the labelings that the product is safe and effective for the labeled uses, which has never been established. and is false and misleading as stated in Section 502(a) of the Act.

You should know that these serious violations of the law may result in FDA taldng regulatory action wtthout hrtk notice to you These actions include, but are not limited to, seizing your product inventory, obtaining a court injunction against further marketing of the products, or asessing civil money penalties. Also, other Federal agencies are informed about the Warning Letters we issue such as this one, so that they may considcr this information when awarding government contracts.

It is necessary for you to take action on this mattcr now. Please let this office know in writing within 15 working days from the date you received this letter of the steps you are taking to correct the violations. We also ask that you explain how you plan to prevent this from happening again. If you need more time, let us know why and when you expect to complete your comections. Please direct your response to Compliance Officer Howard Manresa at the address indicated on the letterhead.

If you have more specific questions about how FDA marketing requirements affect your particular devices and drugs, or about the contents of this letter, please feel free to contact Mr Manresa at 612-334-4100, extension 156.

In addition, we have reviewed your proposed catalog (labeling) entitled “Unusual Alternatives” which include drug claims for the product Taheebo Tea. Such claims include: “A ‘miracle’ cure;” “The cure … to certain types of cancer…;” “…is a powerful antibiotic with virus killing properties;” “…help thousands of allergic or chemically sensitive people;” and “…fighting anemia, bronchitis, ecsema, external sores, gastritis, ulcers, etc.” Inclusion of the disclaimer “…remember in accordance with the FDA regulations we can make no specific claims for results…” does not negate the drug claims made for the product.

James I. Roberts
Acting District Director

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