FTC Tells Consumers They May Be Due a Refund If They Purchased Walgreens' "Wal-Born" Cold and Flu Supplements

  FTC Tells Consumers They May Be Due a Refund If They Purchased Walgreens'
                     "Wal-Born" Cold and Flu Supplements

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --If you purchased "Wal-Born" – a
Walgreens' brand dietary supplement, the Federal Trade Commission wants you to
know that you may be eligible for a refund.

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National pharmacy chain Walgreens agreed to pay nearly $6 million in 2010, to
settle FTC charges that it deceptively advertised that its "Wal-Born" line
could effectively prevent colds, fight germs, and boost the immune system.
The money will be used to provide refunds.

Walgreens sold the supplements under its store name, and touted their
similarity to supplements sold by Airborne Health, Inc., which settled similar
deceptive advertising charges by the FTC in 2008. According to the FTC's
complaint, Walgreens advertised its Wal-Born supplements online, in newspaper
circulars nationwide, and on packaging.

The FTC settlement with Walgreens bars the company from claiming that its
products prevent or treat cold or flu symptoms, or protect against cold and
flu viruses by boosting the immune system, unless there is scientific evidence
to back up these claims.

Consumers who bought "Wal-Born" supplements between December 1, 2004 and March
29, 2010 can submit a claim for a refund. Some advertisements announcing the
refund have incorrectly stated that consumers had to have purchased the
supplements by June 30, 2009. Consumers are eligible to receive up to $5 for
each product purchased, for a total of six products or up to $30. The
deadline to file a claim is February 4, 2013, and checks will be mailed no
later than April 2013. For more information about the refund program, call
1-800-598-3025, or visit www.ftc.gov/Walgreens.

Consumers should carefully evaluate advertising claims for vitamins and other
dietary supplements. For more information see: Who Cares: Dietary
Supplements.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent,
deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help
spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit
the FTC's online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
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(FTC File No. 092-3134)

(Walgreen Co. Refund NR)

SOURCE Kinsella Media, LLC

Website: http://www.ftc.gov/walgreens
Contact: Betsy Lordan, Office of Public Affairs, +1-202-326-3707; Charles
Lawson, Bureau of Consumer Protection, +1-202-326-3137
 
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