Could what you wear today be the difference between a day of severe pain and one of total relief?
According to Tommie Copper infomercials, TV spots, YouTube videos, print ads, and brochures, wearing the company’s copper-infused compression garments could relieve severe pain and inflammation — whether it’s chronic joint pain, or pain caused by diseases like multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
Unfortunately, the FTC says, Tommie Copper and its founder didn’t have the science to back up those claims.
But that wasn’t all. According to the FTC’s complaint, Tommie Copper ads also touted the sleeves as “pain relief without a pill.” Testimonials claimed that Tommie Copper compression wear was as good as or better than drugs or surgery, with people even claiming to go from needing surgery to “not going near the surgeon’s knife” after using Tommie Copper products.
Today, the FTC announced that Tommie Copper and founder Thomas Kallish have agreed to settle the FTC’s charges. The order requires the company and Kallish to only make claims they can support with solid scientific research.
Before you try a new health product or service that promises amazing results, talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional. The FTC has brought cases against companies whose ads falsely claimed that a product will treat a serious disease or can replace surgery.
To report a health product you believe is advertised falsely, file a complaint with the FTC.
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