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Airborne Settles False Advertising Law Suit

Airborne Paying Out the Big Bucks

While we are all looking for a magic bullet to protect ourselves from germs and viruses, one popular cold preventative has been debunked, and quite publicly at that. Makers of Airborne, the herbal supplement that originally advertised itself as a " miracle cold buster," have settled a false advertising lawsuit to the tune of $23.3 million. The company, however, does not admit wrongdoing or illegal conduct. Airborne now claims to be an "immune booster" rather than a supplement that can prevent or treat colds.

The controversy over Airborne's claims began in 2006 when a national television report questioned the validity of a clinical trial used by the company as proof that the supplement worked as advertised. Airborne has a diverse product line, but all the supplements contain a base formula containing vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E as well as magnesium, zinc, selenium, and herbs. Not only will this formula not prevent colds, it might be dangerous to your health, too. Two tablets contain the 10,000 IU of vitamin A, the upper limit of daily intake of the vitamin. The dose instruction on the box warn to not exceed three tablets a day.

To find out if you are eligible for a refund for Airborne purchases, call 888-952-9080 or for details.

When looking to protect yourself from colds and viruses, the best defense is regular hand washing. Hope this cold and flu season ends soon.


FeeZiLLa FeeZiLLa 9 years
I've never used it...
noid19 noid19 9 years
I like airborne it has always worked for me whether it be in my head or the extra vitamin C helped...who cares.
PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 9 years
I knew it was too good to be true! I think it's mind over matter.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Never really used it, looks like nuclear waste...
abuelitodimetu abuelitodimetu 9 years
no supplement - be it Airborne or Emergen-C - is FDA regulated.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I've never taken the stuff, myself. I actually haven't had a cold since it came on the market, but I'm sure getting a lot of vitamins and minerals is helpful in helping your body's immune system.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
I havent ever had any troubles with taking fact i have always recommended it to people fighting colds. I know its not a "cure"....I'm surprised that people thought it was. Its like DUH! Its just vitamins...good stuff you need in your system to FIGHT colds. Sounds to me like some people just read into it thinking it was a cure and when it didnt work they got a bit sue happy. Sucks that airborne had to pay up, i think its good stuff. Dont we all know there is NO cure for the common cold??? sheesh!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I like Airborne. I'm not going to submit a claim for something I like, but I guess if you have used it and hated it then go for it.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I've never had a problem with Airborne...
kellyanne kellyanne 9 years
I meant *astragalus*, sorry.
kellyanne kellyanne 9 years
Some of the ingredients scare me in Airborne. I use Emergen-C or oscillococcinum with a daily astragulus tonic when I am getting sick. I prefer homeopathics, I guess.
alikat07 alikat07 9 years
I have been taking it regularly the last couple weeks since I have gotten 3 colds so far this year. I feel much better... but I think I'll stick to only one a day after reading this!!
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I was really afraid of getting my mom's cold once, so I took it, like the instructions said. I didn't get my mom's cold, but my stomach didn't enjoy all the excess vitamins and I couldn't eat a regular meal for a week X(
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I never used it but was thinking about getting some, thanks for the information.
ann418 ann418 9 years
Emergen-C works the same way, it's just a gigantic boost of vitamins. As soon as I heard Airborne wasn't FDA approved, I stopped using it. That's just sketchy.
pyleela pyleela 9 years
Placebo effect, perhaps?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I like Cold FX more. And daily vitmains and Vitamin C. I take all three of those once a day and it really helps to protect me form colds.
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 9 years
I like has always worked for me to eliminating onset of colds
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