FDA raid of Tulsa center sought unapproved drug

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm •  Published: April 27, 2013
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An application for a search warrant at a Tulsa cancer treatment center says U.S. Food and Drug Administration agents who raided the clinic were looking for an unapproved drug.

Agents raided Camelot Cancer Care on Tuesday.

The Tulsa World reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/183Y8dE ) that the document says Camelot owner Maureen Long and employees fraudulently advertised the drug laetrile as a cure for cancer. The application says laetrile is derived from the pits of fruits such as apricots and has not been proven effective in treating cancer but has been shown to cause symptoms of cyanide poisoning.

Long referred questions to her lawyer — who did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The FDA says it began investigating the clinic in March 2011 after receiving a complaint that it was using laetrile.