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False Marketing of Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements are currently largely unregulated. Because of the lack of regulation, the makers of some supplements have felt free to make completely unsupported claims about the effectiveness of their products. According to a Government Accounting Office report, some 80% of health claims for dietary supplements lack the scientific verification required by federal law.

Several years ago, for example, companies introduced a series of “pro-biotic” supplements that supposedly “built” or “fortified” digestive health, even though there was little scientific evidence to support these claims. Consumers brought suit challenging these unsupported claims.

More recently, in 2016, consumers sued CVS for selling Algal, a dietary supplement that, it claims, “is clinically shown to improve memory.” In fact, the one study relied upon by CVS to support the claim of “improved memory” was found to be deeply flawed.

Saw Palmetto

In February 2015, the Attorney General of New York ordered a halt in the sale of saw palmetto supplements sold by GNC, Walmart, Target and Walgreen after finding that samples of the supplements did not actually contain herbs shown on the supplements’ labels. The Center is currently investigating other claims that dietary supplements do not contain the healthy ingredients shown on the package, or do not actually do what they are claimed to do.

If you purchased a supplement in the last four years that did not do what it was claimed to do, or did not contain the ingredients claimed, we want to hear from you. If you have been the victim of deceptive dietary supplement marketing, please call us at 888-991-8728 or fill out this form, and one of our attorneys will call to confidentially discuss your case.

The Center for Public Health Litigation will evaluate your individual circumstances to determine if we can help. All consultations are free, but we cannot guarantee that we can take on your case.


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