My investigation into Michelle Phan’s claim that her IQQU skin products are FDA safe came about when an unregistered member of Guru Gossip came to the site complaining about not getting her products and not getting any response from Michelle or IQQU representatives.
I won’t get into the LLC expiration or the lack of a business license in this article but suffice to say there is proof on the Florida government website that her LLC expired in September 2010 and she does not have a LLC in California nor a business license in either Florida or California. I will touch on the fact that LLC is what would have protected her from any lawsuits or complaints between September 2010 and as of today. She can renew the LLC by simply filing her annual report for 2009 and 2010 then she’ll be all up to date until the end of 2011.
So, let me start with my original post on my own Facebook account:
Michelle Phan, Lancome US’ spokeswoman, has her own cosmetics company called IQQU Beauty. Ms. Phan has stated many times that her products are US FDA approved however this is not the case.
She posted on her Facebook account this reply on November 24, 2010 at 11:17pm.
The fact is that at least one product is NOT FDA approved while two have not been reviewed.
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine (a U.S. GOVERNMENT website):
(not reviewed thus not approved) IQQU ADVANCE SUNSCREEN - http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=26247
(not reviewed thus not approved) IQQU ADVANCED SUNSCREEN SPF 50 - http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=33072
IQQU ACNE SERUM (acne serum) lotion - http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=34402
From the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Disclaimer: This drug has not been found by FDA to be safe and effective, and this labeling has not been approved by FDA.
Michelle Phan committed fraud when she posted it IS FDA approved. Her company is NOT LLC protected which means SHE can be held legally responsible.
Furthermore her LLC, registered in Florida, expired in September 2010 because she failed to file yearly reports. If she failed to file yearly reports did she also fail to report her quarterly statements to the Florida Dept of Revenue? Her products ship from Florida, her company was registered in Florida and while she now lives in California there is no record of her having a business license in either California or Florida. Again, her LLC expired in Florida.
The bottom line is this: Ms. Phan’s IQQU Beauty products are NOT FDA approved and it’s fraudlent to claim otherwise. If she’s lying about her own products then why should you trust her to represent a company like Lancome? I know I wouldn’t.
I’ve kept my eye on the matter and she once again claimed that IQQU is FDA safe. On January 29 she posted this:
Oh Michelle, Michelle, Michelle…. You’re still claiming IQQU is FDA safe? It’s not. She can claim it up and down but the fact is that it’s not. The Acne Serum is “not safe and effective”, the two sunscreens were never tested and the rice scrub never submitted. If one item was listed as not safe and the other three were never tested then how are the products APPROVED?
Iqqu Acne Serum 50403-226 Iqqu Advanced Sunscreen 50403-999 Iqqu Advanced Sunscreen SPF 50 50403-050 National Drug Code Directory http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/ndc/default.cfm Michelle’s labeler code is 50403 Product code are the three remaining numbers listed above. And the results were…. So I went back and used the Labeler Code and Product Code search option. I used the Acne Serum product code. The results were the same for the remaining two products (the sunscreens). And if her supporters think I’m lying then go to the FDA’s NDC Labeler Codes page and click on the Electronically Submitted NDC Labeler Codes link. This will download a zip file containing a Excel sheet with companies that have NDC codes. Open it and search for IQQU. This will pull up this: There you go. Further proof she’s committing fraud by claiming IQQU is FDA approved. Search for yourself or even call them. They’re open Monday through Friday.
So if you still don’t believe me then call the FDA yourself. They’re open Monday through Friday. 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332) http://www.facebook.com/FDA
I got off the phone with a FDA Agent this morning and discovered that her skin care products are not listed as cosmetics but rather as a DRUG which is why the products have a NDC.
The agent I spoke with took the information and is now investigating the matter because it’s a FRAUD to claim a product is FDA approved when it’s not as well as marketing the product with a FDA approved logo.
I would suggest that if you bought iQQU that you contact the FDA, the number is listed in the article. You have to contact the DRUG portion of the FDA not the cosmetic portion. If you had a severe reaction to iQQU, or any reaction really, let them know. The Acne Serum has been listed by the FDA as “This drug has not been found by FDA to be safe and effective, and this labeling has not been approved by FDA.”
The more people call to complain and the more reports they take the more they will take the matter seriously and do something about it.
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