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Posted June 4, 2004
FTC Charges Marketers of Two Supplements with False Claims to Cure Range of Diseases
On June 3, 2004 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged marketers of two dietary supplements with falsely claiming that their products can prevent and cure cancer and other diseases. According to the FTC’s complaint, Boston-area marketers Direct Marketing Concepts, Inc. (DMC), ITV Direct, Inc. (ITV), and Donald Barrett (Barrett), along with their business partners, California corporations Healthy Solutions, LLC and Health Solutions, Inc., and their principals Alejandro Guerrero (a.k.a. Alex Guerrero), Michael Howell, and Greg Geremesz; and Wayne, Pennsylvania-based Triad ML Marketing, Inc., King Media, Inc., and Allen Stern, have sold “Supreme Greens with MSM” and “Coral Calcium Daily” to consumers through two widely-aired infomercials. The FTC alleges that the Supreme Greens infomercial promoted the supplement as a means to treat, cure, and prevent cancer and other diseases, and to cause significant weight loss, as well as being a safe for consumption by all, including pregnant women and persons on medication. The FTC further alleges that the Coral Calcium Daily infomercial touted the supplement as a means to treat and cure cancer and other diseases and as a superior form of calcium based on its purported bioavailability.