Washington man charged with selling drugs to ‘stop’ COVID

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A former Washington state naturopath with a history of quackery is now facing federal charges that he promoted mislabeled drugs as being able to “stop” the new coronavirus. Richard Marschall, of Port Angeles, was convicted of federal charges in 2011 and 2017 of distributing misbranded drugs, after he sold HCG, a hormone produced during pregnancy, for weight-loss. The Washington Department of Health suspended his credential as a naturopathic physician in 2013. The Food and Drug Administration wrote that the agency began investigating the 67-year-old again last month after receiving complaints that on Facebook he was promoting compounds as being able to fight COVID-19.