Dr. Alvin Francisco, a renowned medical content creator, popularly known as Doc Alvin on social media, recently rebutted the claim that he endorsed a product named Flexibility, which allegedly cures joint problems. The assertion stems from an article which, contrary to the claim, was not published on the official website of CNN Philippines but on a completely different domain: healthnation-asia.com.
Fake Endorsement and Unregistered Product
The product in the spotlight, Flexibility, is not registered with the Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in either the drug or cosmetic product lists. This puts its authenticity and safety in question. The claim about Dr. Francisco's endorsement is part of an advertisement for this unregistered health product, which mimics the style and look of the CNN Philippines’ website, adding a layer of deception to the false endorsement.
Debunking by Rappler
Rappler, a reputable fact-checking organization, has previously debunked similar health-related claims that misuse celebrities' and doctors' names or photos to promote treatments for various diseases. In early October, Rappler debunked a similar claim featuring a different unregistered product that claimed to cure hypertension. It continues to urge the public to report suspicious claims for fact-checking to prevent misinformation from spreading.
Doctor's Humorous Denial
Dr. Francisco humorously dismissed the claim on Facebook, stating that it was fake news. In a lighthearted remark, he noted that he doesn't even have a cure for heartbreak, much less arthritis, thus further invalidating the endorsement claim.