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Posted October 11, 2016

Seller of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Settles FTC Charges of False Advertising

On October 5, 2016, the FTC announced the sellers of the liquid glucosamine and chondroitin supplement Supple (Supple LLC) agreed to settle charges they made false claims about the product.

Supple cost $70 for a 24 day supply and was promoted on the internet, social media and through infomercials and in-person events. According to the FTC, the company did not have adequate evidence to support its claims the supplement could provide complete relief from chronic and severe joint pain caused by arthritis and fibromyalgia and was scientifically proven to eliminate joint pain. In the infomercial, one company principal of the company acted as medical-show style host and the other as a guest, and claimed, among other things, the supplement could "repair cartilage; rebuild joints and entire joint structures, and restores mobility and joint function to consumers with severe mobility restrictions."

The court order requires Supple LLC to have scientific evidence for any future claims made about the product, and includes a $150 million judgement — although this was suspended due to the financial status of the company.

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