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FTC fines two diet drug companies

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WASHINGTON, Aug 28, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Two dietary supplement marketers from Maine have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of false advertising.

The FTC said Pinnacle Marketing of Biddeford has agreed to pay $219,000 to settle the charges, and VisionTel agreed to pay $750,000.

Both agreements, which require court approval, would permanently bar each group and its principals from making the challenged false weight loss claims and from making efficacy and safety claims for weight loss and other health-related products, services and programs without scientific evidence.

The FTC says both groups falsely advertised that certain dietary supplements caused substantial weight loss without diet or exercise, and made other false and unsubstantiated weight loss claims.

The agency also said VisionTel made unsubstantiated claims that dietary supplements marketed for male and female sexual dysfunction were safe and effective.

VisionTel, its officers and subsidiaries are from Scarborough, Eliot and Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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