Does Walgreens owe you $27?
Dinged for deceptive advertising about its cold and flu immune booster, Walgreens cuts $219,000 in checks to consumers. That's nothing to sneeze at.
Walgreens shoppers who bought the store's Wal-Born -- boosted by claims that the supplements could prevent the common cold, help users fend off germs and boost the immune system -- will be instead coming down with a little money.
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that nearly 8,000 checks, averaging more than $27, are being mailed to consumers who filed claims after it was found that the advertising campaign for these products was deceptive.
Walgreens is one of several retailers that have had to compensate consumers who bought into the idea that they were going to get some special protection that didn't exist. Walgreens and the others -- including CVS and Rite Aid -- produced and marketed their own versions of the supplement Airborne. Airborne settled charges with the FTC in 2008, agreeing to pay $30 million.
Payments in the Walgreens case will total about $219,000. The checks, which are limited to no more than $30, have to be cashed within 60 days of their issue date. The filing deadline to receive compensation has already passed.
The FTC notes that sometimes scams are associated with such settlements and that the agency will not ask for any personal information or any payment to receive a settlement.
Consumers are urged to be more skeptical about the marketing around supplements. The FTC offers the following tips for how to spot potentially fraudulent boasts about supplements:
- Claims that one product does it all and cures a wide variety of health problems.
- Suggestions the product can treat or cure diseases.
- Phrases including "scientific breakthrough," "miraculous cure," "exclusive product," "secret ingredient," or "ancient remedy."
- Misleading use of scientific-sounding terms.
- Phony references to Nobel Prize winning technology or science.
- Undocumented testimonials by patients or doctors claiming miraculous results.
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Walgreens used to have ethics and was honest with their customers and employees.
Now they have neither.
Walgreens has shown over and over in the past few years that the only thing that
matter to them is money.
Well they can take their money and --- it.
I concur - I live very close to a Walgreens. While other stores sell "Buy one get one free", and if you get only one they will give you one at 1/2 price. Not so with Walgreens, and their Pharmacists are like the Queen of England. They are never available for consulting or simple questions, you may have to wait 30 minutes or more and even then if you are lucky you may be able to talk to them.
I enjoyed your rant "...that is at the corner of unhappy and rip offs that is Walgreens ", I could not have said it better...Lol!
I sent my 20 something to Walgreens to get a $14.95 flu shot. The bill was actually $59.95!! You think I will ever go back to Walgreens for anything?
I called Walgreen's once to check on a prescription and to ask how late the store was open. I was told it closed at 9:00 PM. When I arrived at 8:30 PM to pick up the prescription I was told, "Sorry but the drug counter closed at 7:00 PM." Must be a "convenience" store rather then a drug store! I haven't been back since!!
....and WALGREENS is the one with deceptive advertising?
Deceptive advertising? Walgreen's doesn't hold a monopoly on that practice..I don't shop there,simply because of their prices..
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