March 9th, 2012
Senators Durbin, Blumenthal Question Potentially Deceptive Marketing at Rite Aid
ENews Park Forest
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today questioned potentially deceptive marketing practices at the drugstore chain Rite Aid which has GNC dietary supplement stores in more than 2,000 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. In a letter to the President and CEO of Rite Aid, Durbin and Blumenthal express concern over the placement of “wellness stations” in stores, which are staffed by “wellness ambassadors” who take health questions from customers and often recommend dietary supplements – which have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – to treat medical conditions.
“We are writing to inquire about potentially deceptive marketing practices at Rite Aid Pharmacy stores that could mislead consumers seeking medical advice and direct customers to treat health conditions with dietary supplements,” the Senators wrote.