A Healthy Check
With cold and flu season just around the corner, you might be considering ways to boost your immune system. Before you spend any money on a dietary supplement that claims it can prevent or treat the common cold, you might want to read up on two recent FTC cases.
Walgreens marketed its “Wal-Born” supplements as a way to prevent colds, fight germs, and boost the immune system. Unfortunately, according to the FTC, the company didn’t have the scientific evidence to back up these claims. As a result, the FTC is mailing a total of $218,750 to nearly 8,000 people who bought Wal-Born.
Similarly, Iovate Health Sciences claimed that its products — Accelis, nano-SLIM, ColdMD, GermMD, and AllergyMD — could help people lose weight or could treat and prevent colds, flu, and allergies. Like Walgreens, the company didn’t have the research to back up its claims. The FTC is sending 2,500 checks that total $182,573 in refunds to people who bought Iovate products.
It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before taking a dietary supplement — or any product that claims it can treat or prevent illness.