Every day, heartwarming stories are emerging about selfless acts of kindness that have occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic. Among those selfless actors are companies that have pivoted from their usual operations to the new focus of producing personal protective equipment (“PPE”) for healthcare workers, first responders, essential workers, and the public at large. On the flip side of the coin, when disaster strikes, it is also serves as an opportune time for bad actors to easily defraud consumers. Because of the actions of these unfortunate few, federal authorities have recently grown suspicious of the entire PPE supplier marketplace. To avoid regulatory scrutiny, PPE suppliers should advertise their products in a legally compliant fashion by, among other measures: 1) following the guidelines released by the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”); 2) following Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) marketing regulations; and 3) consulting with a PPE lawyer concerning the legal issues related to the sale and marketing of PPE.
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