Your kids may not have gotten a health boost from them, but if you bought certain Disney- or Marvel Hero-themed vitamins over the last few years, you may be eligible for a refund, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The vitamins were sold between May 1, 2008 and September 30, 2010, at major retailers including CVS Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Kroger, Kmart, Meijer, and Rite Aid, as well as online.
In 2010, the FTC filed a complaint alleging that the marketers of the vitamins NBTY, Inc. and two of its subsidiaries had made false and unproven claims that their multivitamins promoted healthy brain and eye development in children.
Products eligible for a refund include: Disney Princess Complete and Marvel Heroes Complete and the following children's multivitamin and mineral gummy products: Disney Princess Gummies; Disney Pixar Cars Gummies; Disney Winnie the Pooh Gummies; Disney Tigger & Pooh Gummies; Disney Pixar Finding Nemo Gummies; Disney Pixar Wall-E Gummies; Disney Pixar Toy Story Gummies; and Marvel Heroes Gummies.
In a settlement with the FTC, NBTY, Inc. and its subsidiaries agreed to stop making bogus health claims and to pay $2.1 million to provide refunds to consumers who purchased their Disney and Marvel Heroes line of multivitamins.
To File a Refund Claim: Consumers who may have purchased any of the vitamins between May 1, 2008 and September 30, 2010, can file a claim for a refund online, or by calling 866-224-4336 to have a paper claim form mailed to them. Eligible consumers will have until October 12, 2012 to file their claims.
The FTC advises consumers to be vary of all advertising claims for vitamins and other dietary supplements and suggest consumers read their article, Who Cares: Dietary Supplements.