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“Hormone Booster” Firms To Pay Largest Ever FTC Health Fraud Settlement

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Marketers of products deceptively claiming to increase human growth hormone (HGH) levels are required to pay up to $20 mil. in consumer redress under a settlement, the Federal Trade Commission announced June 9

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FTC order

The Federal Trade Commission files a stipulated final order against Stephen Karian and supplement marketers Great American Products and Physician's Choice for violating a court order in advertising for products. The original court order filed in 2005 specifically required the defendants clearly, prominently and frequently place paid advertising disclosures before product-ordering instructions during their infomercials for supplement products. The latest court order, filed Jan. 29, states the defendants must display a visual disclosure of paid advertising continuously throughout ordering instructions during TV ads and also requires audio paid advertising disclosures during radio and TV ads. The firms were ordered to pay the largest-ever FTC health fraud settlement in 2005 for deceptively claiming products increased human growth hormone levels (1"The Tan Sheet" June. 13, 2005, p. 18)...

FTC order

The Federal Trade Commission files a stipulated final order against Stephen Karian and supplement marketers Great American Products and Physician's Choice for violating a court order in advertising for products. The original court order filed in 2005 specifically required the defendants clearly, prominently and frequently place paid advertising disclosures before product-ordering instructions during their infomercials for supplement products. The latest court order, filed Jan. 29, states the defendants must display a visual disclosure of paid advertising continuously throughout ordering instructions during TV ads and also requires audio paid advertising disclosures during radio and TV ads. The firms were ordered to pay the largest-ever FTC health fraud settlement in 2005 for deceptively claiming products increased human growth hormone levels (1"The Tan Sheet" June. 13, 2005, p. 18)...

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