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An administrator working for the Federal Trade Commission is mailing 7,979 checks averaging $27.42 each to consumers who bought dietary supplements sold by national pharmacy chain Walgreens under its store-brand “Wal-Born” label.

In 2010, Walgreens settled FTC charges that it deceptively advertised that the supplements could effectively prevent colds, fight germs, and boost the immune system.

The company touted the similarity of Wal-Born supplements to those sold by Airborne Health, Inc., which settled similar deceptive advertising charges by the FTC in 2008.

The checks, which total $218,750.00, must be cashed within 60 days after they are issued.  The amount consumers receive depends upon the amount of claims they submitted that were approved The redress is capped at $30 per consumer.

The deadline for filing a refund request has expired.  Consumers who have questions should call 1-800-598-3025 or visit  The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before redress checks can be cashed.

Consumers should carefully evaluate advertising claims for dietary supplements.  For more information see:  Dietary Supplements.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them.   To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).   The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.   The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.   Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

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