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Weight loss pills Xenadrine EFX proved fake

Consumers who bought Xenadrine EFX weight loss pills expecting to lose weight will get refunds of up to $30, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday.

The government isn't requiring you to prove that you bought the pills.

You do have to sign and mail a form swearing, under penalty of perjury, that you bought Xenadrine EFX between Feb. 1, 2002, and May 22, 2006, and were not satisfied with it.

Promoters of the weight loss pill advertised heavily on TV and in People, TV Guide, Men's Fitness and other publications. The ads claimed the pills caused rapid and substantial weight and fat loss, without dieting or exercise.

Some customers claimed to have lost more than 100 pounds. The FTC says they were paid up to $20,000 for their testimonials.

According to the FTC, promoter Robert Chinery Jr. commissioned several studies of the weight loss pills, none of which showed substantial weight loss. One study showed an average loss of 1.5 pounds over 10 weeks, while those who took placebos lost an average of 2.5 pounds.

A 120-tablet bottle — a one-month supply — sold for about $40. Sales topped $160 million.

The amount of refund per consumer depends upon how many others apply. Depending upon the number, the promoters will pay between $8 million and $12.8 million to settle the FTC's complaint.

The settlement bars the promoters from making any health claims not substantiated by scientific evidence.

Download the claim form at http://www.xenadrineefxsettlement.com/ or call 1-800-560-6435. The deadline is Sept. 15.

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