Charlotte woman accused of selling unapproved remedies for COVID-19

CHARLOTTE — A woman from Charlotte is accused of selling unapproved remedies for COVID-19 during the pandemic.

The FDA arrested 68-year-old Diana Daffin for selling unapproved remedies on her website holistichealthypet.com. The investigation started at the height of the pandemic in March 2020.

Investigators said Daffin was selling an unapproved drug on her website, claiming it was a remedy and treatment for COVID-19.

Officials with the FDA said they sent Daffin letters as early as April 2020 asking her and the Australian manufacturer of the drug called “Hampl” to take action to correct the violation. They said the drug was misbranded and unapproved.

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They said she responded, telling the FDA that she would remove the product from her website. But the FDA claims she never did and continued to sell the drug by moving it to a password protected website.

After months of investigation, Daffin was arrested and charged with violating the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Channel 9 tied contacting her attorney for comment, but have not heard back.

Daffin was slated to appear in court later this week, but court documents show that hearing could be moved to early August.