More than 2,500 consumers will receive refunds in the mail for dietary supplements that were falsely advertised to help them lose weight or treat allergies, cold, and flu, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Thursday.
The checks, which average $71.71 each, will go to consumers who bought Accelis, nanoSLIM, and any Cold MD, Germ MD, or Allergy MD dietary supplements between January 2006 and July 2010
The FTC accused Iovate Health Sciences USA and two Canadian companies of deceptively advertising the supplements in television ads, on websites, and in national magazines.
Some ads falsely claimed customers could "Lose 32 lbs. FAST," and the effectiveness of the supplements were scientifically proven, or that they were homeopathic, according to the FTC.
The companies agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle the FTC's charges in 2010.