Makers of Hair Supplement Lack Credible Evidence to Back up Claims, Says FTC

Makers of Hair Supplement Lack Credible Evidence to Back up Claims, Says FTC
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May 14, 2015

If you bought supplements marketed to make your gray hair go away, we have some bad news for you.

Two marketers of supplements and hair products have settled Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they made unfounded claims that their products could prevent or reverse gray hair without any scientific evidence backing up those claims.

The FTC is pursing legal action against a similar third company.

GetAwayGrey LLC, Rise-N-Shine LLC and their respective officers are barred from making these types of claims unless they have reliable scientific evidence.

All three companies marketed dietary supplements containing catalase, an enzyme they said attacks hydrogen peroxide, the chemical that causes hair to turn gray. Rise-N-Shine also sold a shampoo and conditioner. The companies sold their products online and in popular pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens, for prices ranging from $29.95 to $69.99 per bottle.

The proposed orders against GetAwayGrey and Rise-N-Shine prohibit the defendants from representing that a covered product reverses or prevents the formation of gray hair, and from making any claim about the health benefits, performance, or efficacy of any covered product, unless the claim is non-misleading and the defendants have competent and reliable scientific evidence to substantiate it. They also require the defendants to retain certain records of human clinical testing that they rely on as competent and reliable scientific evidence.

The orders include a suspended $1.8 judgment against the GetAwayGrey defendants, and a $2 million suspended judgment against the Rise-N-Shine defendants, which would become due if the defendants are found to have misrepresented their financial condition.