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Airborne – Crashing Down! Skeptic Zone – Number One!

Posted in Podblack Cat by Skepdude on December 18, 2008

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Yeah, ‘created by a school teacher’. Bye-bye Airborne; thankfully you never made it to our shores!

You can see Dr Pamela Gay (who will be featured in an interview tomorrow for the Skeptic Zone podcast! Today we discovered we’ve hit ratings for number one podcast for Science and Medicine in Australia!!) talk about it in her presentation at Dragon*Con in this short video, around the two-minute, thirty-second mark:

From UPI.com: Airborne agrees to pay $7M settlement

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) — The maker of the cold remedy Airborne has agreed to pay $7 million to settle allegations by 32 attorneys general that it made false claims about its products. As a part of its multistate settlement, Airborne Health Inc. agreed to discontinue claims about the “health benefit, performance, efficacy or safety” of its products in preventing and treating ailments, Legal Newsline reported Tuesday.

“Consumers who purchased Airborne to treat their colds were not getting their money’s worth as there is no proof that Airborne can lessen your cold symptoms,” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said.

I’m certain that Digital Cuttlefish will have something to say about this one. In the meantime, I hope those in the northern hemisphere are checking out something more effective (or at least more comforting than a scam-dietary supplement!) for the illnesses of the season.

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$30M in Fines for Scam “Created by a Teacher”

Posted in Denialism by Skepdude on August 15, 2008

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The FTC has piled on Airborne, one of the most annoying consumer scams in the market. The vitamin pill was advertised to prevent colds. And it was created by a teacher! But the FTC concluded:

…there is no competent and reliable scientific evidence to support the claims made by the defendants that Airborne tablets can prevent or reduce the risk of colds, sickness, or infection; protect against or help fight germs; reduce the severity or duration of a cold; and protect against colds, sickness, or infection in crowded places such as airplanes, offices, or schools.

If you’ve ever bought Airborne, you can collect on the settlement by visiting http://www.airbornehealthsettlement.com/.

One interesting aspect of the FTC settlement is that at least one of the agency’s five Commissioners thinks the remedy is too weak. Commissioner Rosch wrote in a dissenting statement that:

…I believe that the Order provision allowing the defendants to deplete their existing inventory of paper cartons and display trays until October 31, 2008 will continue to perpetuate misperceptions about the products’ ability to prevent or reduce colds…I also believe that the Complaint and the Order should address claims on the current packaging that assert that the product has “immune-boosting” qualities. Finally, and most importantly, it is my opinion that the only way to effectively remove these lingering misperceptions about the qualities of the Airborne Health Products would be to require the defendants to engage in corrective advertising. Therefore, I respectfully dissent.

Amen! Why let them continue to sell off their bogus products? And I wonder whether $30 million is enough to discourage this behavior? They very well could have made more than that on the unsubstantiated anti-cold claims.

Now it’s time to go after Airborne’s scam competitors, Walgreen’s Wal-Borne and Air Armor.

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