Except for some exercise-related items that may work if the user does not become bored with them, few if any health-related products sold through 30-minute infomercials will live up to the claims made for them. In addition, many sellers fail to honor refund requests and/or make unauthorized credit card charges.
Infomercial Watch is a project of Quackwatch, a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett in 1969 as the Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud, it assumed its current name in 1997 and has developed a worldwide network of volunteers and expert advisors. Our primary focus is on information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Our activities related to this site will include:
- Analysis of health claims made for products sold through infomercials
- Pinpointing the financial risk involved in buying infomercial-related health products
- Reporting illegal claims for products to regulatory agencies
- Keeping abreast of legal and regulatory developments
This page was posted on March 7, 2008.