Posted June 20, 2013

Glucosamine Legal Settlement Over Labeling -- Many Products Covered

On May 16, 2013, a U.S. District Court preliminarily approved a settlement of class action cases alleging that certain claims made on the labeling of specific glucosamine products are false, deceptive, and misleading. No allegations related to safety or physical injury have been made. The products are joint health dietary supplements containing glucosamine that were manufactured or sold by Rexall Sundown, Inc. or NBTY, Inc. or their affiliates.

A full list of covered products is found here. If you have purchased one of the covered products, you may be entitled to a payment ($5 per purchased bottle) from this class action settlement. More details are available from the link in red below. (Some of the covered products are among those in ConsumerLab.com’s 2012 Review of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM Supplements for Joint Health. These are listed in the “Update” at the top of the Review.)

The Court has not decided in favor of either side in the case and the companies deny all allegations of wrongdoing or liability against them and contend that their conduct was lawful. Nevertheless, under the settlement, the companies agree to not to use certain terms in their labeling which suggest that, for example, the products “renew,” “repair,” “build,” or “rebuild” cartilage, although they may use terms such as “support” and “help protect”, cartilage as well as “lubricate and cushion joints.” New labeling will also indicate that “individual results may vary.” Labeling language is found in Exhibit B of the settlement agreement, here.

Update: (12/2/2014) This settlement has been reversed. See Glucosamine Class-Action Settlement Reversed by Appeals Court for details.

For more details about this settlement, use the link below.