Amazon has banned more than 1 million products from its marketplace over false claims about their ability to help fight coronavirus.
Last week the online giant announced that it would begin removing “products that make medical marketing claims” claiming to be a treatment, cure or remedy for the coronavirus (or ‘COVID 19’).
According to Reuters it has now removed more than 1 million products from its marketplace, and has begun preventing tens of thousands or merchants from “price gouging”.
Prices of medical supplies like face masks and hand sanitiser have begun shooting up on Amazon’s platform as sellers seek to cash in on the widespread fear surrounding the outbreak, which has now claimed nearly 3000 lives.
A 10-pack of N95 masks were found to be offered on Amazon’s site for $128 by Reuters, up dramatically from a recent seller average of $41.24, while a two-pack respirator jumped from a recent average of $6.65 to $24.99.
“There is no place for price gouging on Amazon,” an Amazon spokeswoman stated.
In a separate email to sellers earlier this week, Amazon said: “Products that make medical marketing claims may not be legally marketed in the U.S. without prior review and approval by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
“Amazon policy prohibits the listing or sale of products that are marketed as unapproved or unregistered medical devices.”