Vitamin Company Sending Out Refunds Due To False Claims

By Amir Khan on August 16, 2012 12:21 PM EDT

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If you've bought Marvel or Disney-themed vitamins at any point since May 2008, you are eligible for a refund, according to the Federal Trade Commission. (Photo: Creative Commons)

If you've bought Marvel or Disney-themed vitamins at any point since May 2008, you are eligible for a refund, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The marketer of the popular children's vitamins is repaying more than $2 million consumes over complaints that the pills do not contain the amount of a certain nutritional substance the packaging claims.

The manufacturer, NBTY, along with its subsidiaries Rexall Sundown and NatureSmart, claim on the vitamin packages to contain a full daily requirement of DHA. However, the pills only contained a miniscule amount of the substance, the FTC said.

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DHA, also known as omega-3 fatty acid, is supposed to be good for a child's brain and eye sight, according to the FTC. However, the Disney and Marvel vitamins only contained one-thousandth of what the packaging claimed.

The refunds stem from a case originally filed in 2010 against NBTY for deceptive marketing practices and false advertising.

The vitamins sold for between $4 and $8 at stores such as CVS Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Kroger, Kmart, Meijer and Rite Aid.

Eligible consumers can call the FTC at (866) 224-4336 to request a refund or apply online at https://nbty.action-settlement.com/.  Consumers have until October 12, 2012 to file a claim.

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