The supplement company is required to pay back $23.5 million to customers due to false advertising.

In the media last week, ABC News reported on the class action lawsuit with Airborne, Inc.  The supplement company is required to pay back $23 million to customers due to false advertising. Watch the video report.

ABC News reports, “Airborne and many other remedies are classified as dietary supplements, not drugs, which means as long as they don’t make specific health claims, they don’t have to prove to the government that they work.”

The long-standing debate over whether supplements should be classified as “foods” or “pharmaceuticals” once again raises its ugly head.  Although more research and scientific evidence grows in the supplement industry, media stories and legal cases like Airborne’s can sabotage public awareness of the benefits of herbal supplements. 

What is your opinion?  Should supplements remain regulated as a food?  Discuss>>