Overpriced, prittified, and deceptively marketed vitamin supplement "Airborne" has agreed to pay back some of the money they successfully marketed out of the pockets of consumers who figure that if a company says that it's got research to back its claims, that research is done by scientists rather than by two guys in a garage.
The makers of Airborne-a multivitamin and herbal supplement whose labels and ads falsely claimed that the product cures and prevents colds-will refund money to consumers who bought the product, as part of a $23.3 million class action settlement agreement. [...]
...in February 2006, ABC News revealed on Good Morning America that Airborne's much-touted lone clinical trial was actually conducted without any doctors or scientists, just a "two-man operation started up just to do the Airborne study." Soon after the plaintiff notified Airborne of his intent to file suit in March 2006, the company stopped mentioning the study and began toning down the overt cold-curing claims in favor of vague "immunity boosting" language. [...]
"There's no credible evidence that what's in Airborne can prevent colds or protect you from a germy environment," said CSPI senior nutritionist David Schardt, who reviewed Airborne's claims. "Airborne is basically an overpriced, run-of-the-mill vitamin pill that's been cleverly, but deceptively, marketed."
Eat a variety of foods including vegetables. Exercise once in a while. Wash your hands before you eat or touch your face. It'll have a more measurable effect than taking Airborne.