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Greek Party Leader Probed for Coronavirus Balm Protection Ads

March 13, 2020

ATHENS – The head of the Greek Solution political party that is in the Parliament is being investigated for extending his TV ad pitch show to claim he has a balm that will protect people from the Coronavirus without offering any proof it does.

A Supreme Court prosecutor ordered the probe of Kyriakos Velopoulos, a nationalist and long-term telemarketer who sprang into Parliament in the July 7, 2019 snap elections after being a ubiquitous face on TV selling a range of products, including one to cure baldness although he has little hair himself.

The Attica Pharmacists Association (FSA) lodged a complaint against him for his TV commercial for the balm which is being marketed under the brand name Vyzantinon, as he screams at viewers to buy it.

Velopoulos himself appears in the spot, advertising the antiseptic qualities of the balm, which is said to contain tea tree oil and he said rubbing the cream on your hands twice a day will protect you from the coronavirus.

In its complaint, the FSA said that the ad puts the public’s health at risk by making unsubstantiated claims for the sake of profit although Greek TV is filled with infomercials offering all kinds of creams and oils to cure a range of ills and now offering face masks and other products to deal with the Coronavirus that are difficult to find in stores and pharmacies in an apparent attempt to cash in on fear of the disease.

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