These are Latin words that means "let the buyer beware."
The message people are supposed to get from that is whoever buys something is responsible for checking it out before buying.
This certainly applies to substances that are being sold on the Internet and in some stores that are supposed to prevent, treat or cure STDs (sexually transmitted diseases).
The Food and Drug Adminstration issued warnings May 3 to manufacturers that they could face legal action for peddling those kinds of drugs.
The FDA also warned health care providers and consumers that there are no over-the-counter or online drugs or dietary supplements that are able to treat or prevent STDs.
Here are the names of a number of those products: Medavir, Herpiflor, Viruxo. C-Cure, Never an Outbreak, Herpeset , Wartrol, and Immune Glory.
The FDA reports no injuries or adverse effects have been reported from the use of these substances, but the kicker is that a person may buy one of these products that doesn't work and the disease could get worse or because of the delay in getting proper treatment someone else could be infected. (Family Practice News, May 15, 2011)
Dr. Don Casebolt of College Place is a retired physician who is passionate about preventive medicine. He spent four years as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy, the last 21/2 years as a flight surgeon. He also worked on the Navajo Reservation for 22 years.