GNC Hit with False Advertisement Lawsuit

By on April 23, 2013

Supplement maker GNC was sued in federal court last week over the company’s allegedly false advertising of a supplement called Triflex, which the company claims improves mobility and flexibility, and can relieve various forms of joint pain.

According to the putative class action complaint, GNC describes it formulas as “maximum” or “clinical strength,” and advertises that the product can “regenerate” a person’s cartilage, “lubricate” a person’s joints, all in “supporting joint health.” However, according to the plaintiff, clinical studies have proven GNC’s advertisements are false, and the product is misleading to consumers, particularly those suffering from osteoarthritis.

He says that the principal active ingredients in Triflex, glucosamine and chondroitin, have been proven to be ineffective for the treatment of joint pain, and do not offer the other health benefits that GNC’s advertisements claim.  According to the complaint, GNC makes these representations is various media advertisements, on its own website, and on the label and packaging of the product.