CVS to pay $2.8 mil in AirShield settlement

September 18, 2009

How many times is the Federal Trade Commission going to have to defeat the same freakin’ product in court?! First, there was Airborne, the bogus cold relief “medicine” that was forced to pay out a $37 million court settlement last year. Then Rite Aid was forced to pay out a $500,000 in refunds to customers for “Germ Defense,” Rite Aid’s version of the same product. Then Walgreens had to pay the consequences for selling their own version of the same stupid, completely ineffective product, Wal-Born (also briefly sold as Wal-Borne).

And now it’s CVS’ turn to pay up $2.8 million in a settlement over their version AirShield. This is ridiculous! If the FTC can’t get a bogus medical product off the shelves completely, what’s the point? They got to know that the amounts these companies are forced to pay are nothing but petty cash compared to the profits made by these products and that these products will continue to be sold in the cold remedy aisles with only slight changes to the packaging. These products need to be stopped once and for all.


Walgreens court settlement from Wal-Born scandal

August 4, 2009

First, there was Airborne, the bogus cold relief “medicine” that was forced to pay out a $37 million court settlement last year. Then Rite Aid was forced to pay out a $500,000 in refunds to customers for “Germ Defense,” Rite Aid’s version of the same product. And now Walgreens makes it a trifecta, as they too now have to pay the consequences for selling their own version of the same stupid, completely ineffective product, Wal-Born (also briefly sold as Wal-Borne).

Class action lawsuit settlement provides up to $14.97 or a free flu shot to many consumers. Walgreens recently settled the class action against them involving their product Wal-born. Wal-born is Walgreens generic equivalent of the popular Airborne Health Formula.

Further, Walgreens does not require any proof of purchase or receipt necessary to submit a claim. So while I’m not advising anyone who hasn’t bought the product to take advantage of this per se, I’m just sayin’. . .

And of course my advice is that people take the flu shot over the $15, especially since this promises to be a bad flu season, what with the H1Ni strain going around and the rising anti-vaccine movement and other grand conspiracists risking our herd immunity by discouraging people from vaccinating.