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Posted March 24, 2015

FTC Mails Refund Checks for Calcium Supplements

On March 18, 2015, the FTC announced 17,606 refund checks, totaling $954,828 were mailed to consumers who purchased the calcium supplement AdvaCAL (Lane Labs). The refunds are being distributed as part of previous appeals court rulings, which found the company in contempt of an earlier order requiring competent and reliable scientific evidence for any claims made about the product.

AdvaCAL had been promoted as "more absorbable than other types of calcium" and "superior to other calcium or prescription drug products at building bone or increasing bone mineral density."

(See's Review of Calcium Supplements for tests of related products.)

The refund checks must be cashed by May 18, 2015 or they will become void; the amount refunded will vary depending on how much each consumer lost. Consumers are also reminded that the FTC never requires individuals to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed.

In 2006, Lane Labs was ordered pay refunds to consumers who purchased other supplements from the company, including BeneFin, MGN-3 and SkinAnswer.

See Related Warnings:

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Restitution Program for Purchases of Lane Labs' Products

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