Heavier FTC Scrutiny Puts Pressure On Consumer Health Product Claims
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Attorneys say marketers should make structure/function claims with knowledge that no claims are safe from FTC scrutiny. During the Food & Drug Law Institute annual meeting, stakeholders commented on how FTC’s stance on Bayer Health Care’s Philips Colon Health will impact other claims.
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