Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel reached an agreement with a West Michigan business after the owner allegedly made misleading TV show claims about a product's ability to prevent Covid-19.
In May, the state sent a notice of intended action to Stephanie Davison of Skin Envy, who's also and a former cast member of the reality show "90 Day Fiancé." She operates nonsurgical weight-loss centers in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
Nessel's office responded to a complaint after Davison appeared on a West Michigan show promoting ipamorelin/sermorelin injections. Ipamorelin and sermorelin are said to be "human growth hormone-releasing peptides (that) stimulate the pituitary gland" and promote a variety of positive anti-aging effects.
During the program, Davison suggested the injections prevent Covid, claiming "people ... in the medical field" told her the injections "probably" kept her from contracting the disease. She encouraged viewers to buy the injections "if you're scared" of Covid, adding there aren't "any studies." Her website further claimed sermorelin "strengthens the immune system."
In the agreement with the AG's office, Davison agrees to:
- A public retraction on her Instagram account for 30 days
- New language on the Skin Envy website warning customers of potential injection side effects
- Payment of $4,000 in investigation costs
"I am pleased to see Ms. Davison take responsibility in this matter, and it is my hope it can serve as a reminder that my office takes misleading and false claims related to consumer products very seriously," Nessel says in a press release.
Davison says on Instagram that she admits no wrongdoing and adds: "This has been the worst thing that I’ve ever endured."