Friday, November 24th, 2017

One term snake oil salesman


First Congressman Kagen was revealed as a boor. Then he was revealed as a liar. Now it’s been revealed “Doctor” Kagen might be a 19th century quack cure peddler. From the Los Angeles Times,

Federal health officials have warned freshman Rep. Steve Kagen that his Wisconsin allergy practice is in apparent violation of federal law for manufacturing and selling allergy shots without a valid license.

According to a letter sent to Kagen by the Food and Drug Administration, Kagen manufactured a variety of ragweed and grass allergen vaccines from commercially distributed pollen and sold the shots to patients at his clinic and in at least 24 other states.

The FDA letter, which was dated Dec. 18 but wasn’t posted online until Thursday, said that Kagen, D-Wis., did not have a valid license required for introducing a biological product into interstate commerce.

At issue are products marketed by Kagen’s clinic such as Poly RW, Super Ragweed, Poly Grass and Super Grass. Kagen is a medical doctor.

Aside from his struggles with the FDA, I have another question,

The FDA letter says that the products appear to be drugs as defined by federal law “because they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease.” The agency cites as evidence an article published by Kagen in which he claimed to have safely used the vaccines in 55,000 injections in 500 allergy patients.

Okay allergy sufferers, 110 shots per patient? Isn’t that excessive? How many times does a doctor have to stick a needle into your butt before you decide he’s a quack?

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