AG, W. MI business reach agreement over COVID-19 prevention claims

Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Attorney General’s Office has reached an agreement with the owner of a West Michigan weight loss business who was saying her products can help keep people from getting COVID-19.

The AG said the assurance of voluntary compliance (PDF), signed last week by Stephanie Davison of Skin Envy, agreed to a public retraction on Davison’s Instagram account for 30 days, adding language to the Skin Envy website warning customers of potential injection side effects and pay $4,000 for the AG’s Office investigation costs.

Davison made the claims during a paid segment on eightWest, a lifestyle program that airs on WOOD TV8. Davison suggested that sermorelin injections, which are meant to speed up the metabolism, could also strengthen the immune system and stop someone from getting COVID-19:

“(It) boosts the immune system, which is very imperative,” Davison said. “I mean, again, I didn’t, I, almost all of my friends got Covid-19. I never, I never did. So, I’m thankful and now I’ve been vaccinated so I will not get it ever now. So I’m so grateful and I’ve had people tell me in the medical field that it is probably due to the ipamorelin/sermorelin.”

There is no evidence to show that’s true, experts say.

In response, the AG sent Davison and Skin Envy a cease-and-desist letter (PDF), saying the business is misrepresenting its product and not providing customers with all the relevant facts.

The AG’s Office said it started investigating Davison after getting a complaint about the eightWest segment.

The eightWest segment where she made the claims has been removed from woodtv.com.

*Editor’s Note: The WOOD TV8 news department operates separately from the eightWest department. No one from eightWest was involved in producing this report.

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