Posted December 12, 2014

Marketers of HCG Settle FTC Charges of Deceptive Weight Loss Claims

Marketers of HCG Platinum drops have agreed to pay $1 million to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that claims the drops could cause rapid and substantial weight loss were deceptive and not supported by scientific evidence.

Although the defendants have stopped selling HCG Platinum drops, the settlement also prohibits them from making certain weight loss claims about other products, and requires any future weight loss claims to be supported by a minimum of two well-controlled human clinical studies.

HCG Platinum drops were sold at GNC, Rite Aid and Walgreens, as well as on the company's own websites. HCG Platinum, LLC was warned by the FDA in 2011 that claims about the drops were not supported by sufficient scientific evidence.

Similar charges against another seller of HCG, HCG Diet Direct, were settled earlier this year.

(See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Weight Loss Supplements for more information about weight loss ingredients and tests of other weight loss products.)

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To read the FTC's press release, use the link below.