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FAS found the Arbidol advertisement on coronavirus treatment to be illegal

11.03.2020
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The department received a complaint about the advertising of Arbidol. Following the complaint, at the end of January, the antimonopoly department was going to check the advertisement of the Arbidol drug containing a statement about the effectiveness of the drug in the fight against coronavirus.

The Commission of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia recognized the advertisement of the Arbidol had violated the requirements of the advertising law. According to the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, a fine for such violations of the Advertising Law ranges from 200 to 500 thousand rubles, the press service of the departmentreports.

The deputy head of the FAS Russia, Andrey Kashevarov has commented on the issue:- "The commission made such a decision because, at the time the advertisement was released, the advertising message contained in it the message that Arbidol could be used as a precaution against the new coronavirus, which went beyond the indications specified in the instructions for its use". According to the FAS, the advertisement indicated that the Arbidol drug had therapeutic efficacy against a new type of infection caused by the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV (from February 11, 2020 - COVID-2019), even though the above information is not available instructions for use.

An outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus infection (COVID-2019, according to the WHO classification) was recorded in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. To date, the number of cases in the PRC has exceeded 80.5 thousand people. Cases of infection have been recorded in more than 100 countries and regions of the world, including in Russia. In general, the number of infected COVID-2019 in the world exceeded 112 thousand people; almost 4 thousand people died; more than 60 thousand were cured.

The World Health Organization, in connection with the rapid expansion of the virus, has raised its global risk assessment to "very high." On February 27, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated that there was a clear risk of a coronavirus pandemic, and called on governments to do everything possible to stop the spread of the virus. According to the UN Secretary-General, the coronavirus pandemic can have a devastating effect on the global economy.