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The Federal Trade Commission is sending 12,219 checks totaling more than $110,000 to consumers who bought StimTein, a pill that would supposedly provide effective joint pain relief. The marketers of StimTein stopped making those claims as part of a federal court settlement with the FTC.

In February 2020, the FTC filed a complaint against Excellent Marketing Results, Inc. (EMR), which sold StimTein through infomercials and online. According to the FTC, EMR’s advertised joint pain relief claims for StimTein were false and not supported by scientific evidence.

Under an order settling the FTC’s charges, EMR and its president agreed to pay $145,000 to the Commission for consumer refunds. Litigation continues against ZyCal Bioceuticals, the supplier of StimTein’s purported active ingredient.

The FTC is sending refund checks to people who bought EMR’s StimTein. Checks will be for either $10 or $7.99, depending upon the amount individual consumers spent on StimTein. Those who get checks should deposit or cash them within 60 days. Consumers who did not get a refund, but believe that they should have, can contact the refund administrator, Analytics, Inc., at 1-866-316-2739.

The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information to cash refund checks Recipients who have questions about the refunds can call Analytics at 1-866-316-2739.

The FTC’s new interactive dashboards for refund data provide a state-by-state breakdown of refunds. In 2019, FTC actions led to more than $373 million in refunds to consumers across the country.

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