Navigation Links
Pennsylvania Attorney General Corbett Announces a Multi-State, $7 Million Settlement With Airborne Health, Inc., Over Charges of Deceptive Advertising
Date:12/16/2008

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania, along with 31 other states and the District of Columbia, reached a $7 million settlement with Airborne Health, Inc., and its owners, over allegations of deceptive advertising and marketing of numerous products containing their Airborne Effervescent Health Formula. Pennsylvania will receive more than $128,000.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said that Airborne Health, Inc., allegedly made health-related claims in the marketing, packaging, advertising, offering and selling of their line of dietary supplements that were not backed by proper scientific evidence.

"Airborne allegedly claimed that their product was a germ fighter, and a remedy for colds, sore throats and allergies," Corbett said. "But, according to the complaint, there was never adequate proof that the products could perform as advertised."

Corbett said that Airborne - Original is the number one selling dietary supplement in its category and is sold at most major retailers. It consists of Vitamin A, E, zinc, selenium and large doses of Vitamin C.

Corbett said that the settlement covers all Airborne products, including Airborne - Original, Airborne - Pink Grapefruit, Airborne - Lemon-Lime, Airborne - Nighttime, Airborne, Jr., Airborne On-The-Go, Airborne Seasonal Relief, Airborne Sore Throat Gummi Lozenges, Airborne Soothing Throat Gummi Lozenges, Airborne Power Pixies, and any substantially similar product that Airborne produces in the future.

According to the settlement, Airborne may no longer make any express or implied claim concerning the health benefit, performance, efficacy or safety of their dietary supplement products unless there is scientific proof. Specifically, their advertising will no longer be allowed to say "take at the first sign of a cold symptom," along with any other claims that imply that Airborne can diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure colds, coughs, the flu, upper respiratory infections or allergies.

Corbett noted that by law, advertisements for dietary supplements like Airborne cannot make such drug claims even if they can provide substantiation, unless and until they have been approved as a drug by the FDA.

Along with paying $7 million, the largest amount ever in a multi-state settlement with a dietary supplement producer, to settle the allegations of deceptive advertising, Airborne is now also prohibited from:

  • Requiring, demanding or otherwise influencing where a retailer places their products through direct affirmative action.

  • Marketing any product that contains directions for use that would, if followed, result in an individual ingesting 15,000 International Units of Vitamin A or more per day.

In addition to Pennsylvania, this settlement includes Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

The agreement was filed in Commonwealth Court by Deputy Attorney General Nicole VanOrder of the Attorney General's Health Care Section.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For a copy of the agreement, contact the Attorney General's press office at 717-787-5211.

CONTACT: Eric Shirk, Assistant Press Secretary, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, +1-717-787-5211, eshirk@attorneygeneral.gov


'/>"/>
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Governor Rendell Offers adultBasic Coverage to 35,000 Uninsured Pennsylvanians
2. Health and Business Groups Launch Ad Campaign About Need for Comprehensive Smoke-Free Law in Pennsylvania
3. NNN Healthcare/Office REIT Acquires 2750 Monroe Boulevard in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
4. Pennsylvania Department of Aging Receives Grant to Improve Alzheimers Support
5. Pennsylvania Needs More Lung Cancer Research
6. Saint Vincent Health System of Erie, Pennsylvania Named One of AARP 2007 Best Employers for Workers Over 50
7. Pennsylvania Game Commission Announces EHD Confirmed in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties
8. Maryland, Minnesota Go Smoke-free Oct. 1 - Pennsylvania Overdue in Following Suit
9. Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation Accreditation Status for Trauma Centers
10. Health Secretary Urges Pennsylvanians to Get a Flu Shot
11. Governor Rendell Calls for Prompt Action on Prescription for Pennsylvania, Cover All Pennsylvanians Health Care Reforms
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... TLC Laser Eye Centers announced today that it has ... will now be called “Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute, a TLC Laser Eye Center.” ... facility to ensure that patients continue to receive the highest quality of care. In ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 05, ... ... and hands-on exercises, the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists , led ... understanding of key business and economic issues.  This one-day program at the ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... and Make-A-Wish grants the most heartfelt wishes of these children. The wishes ... medical treatment. President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Mississippi, Brent Wilson said, “In ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... A recent ... continue to face challenges in getting employees to understand and use the free preventive ... of the nation’s leading non-profit business groups of large, self-insured public and private employers, ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 ... ... risk factors among Pittsburgh-area schoolchildren has found that more than 40 percent of ... Deborah Gentile, MD , Director of Allergy and Asthma Clinical Research in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... , May 4, 2016 ... addition of the  "Global Acute Myeloid Leukemia ...  report to their offering.       ... Acute Myeloid Leukemia Market and Competitive Landscape ... Myeloid Leukemia pipeline products, Acute Myeloid Leukemia ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... KANSAS CITY, Mo. , May 3, 2016 ... of Kansas Medical Center,s Institute for Advancing Medical ... develop and commercialize new drugs, diagnostics and medical ... organizations provides BioNovus Innovations with rights to license, ... "This partnership ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ACME Markets, Delaware County ... Councilman Dave White announced today the availability ... pharmacies across Delaware County . According ... has saved 26,463 lives nationwide over the past 20 years. Since ... were authorized to administer naloxone to overdose victims, 244 lives ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: