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Posted February 19, 2005

Seller of Eye Supplement Purporting to Restore Vision and Eliminate "Floaters" Settles FTC Charges

On February 15, 2005, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Hi-Health Supermart Corporation (Hi-Health) and its owner, Simon Chalpin, have settled FTC charges that they made unsubstantiated advertising claims that their product – Premier Formula for Ocular Nutrition-Optim3 (Ocular Nutrition) – can restore vision already lost from age-related macular degeneration and eliminate small specks moving in the field of vision (called “floaters”). The proposed administrative consent agreement bans the respondents from claiming that Ocular Nutrition, or any similar supplement product: (1) restores vision lost from macular degeneration, or (2) eliminates floaters, unless they have competent and reliable scientific evidence to support those claims. It also requires the payment of $450,000 to the FTC.

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