Maker of Dr. Oz-Endorsed Diet Pills Settle with FTC

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Texas-based company Applied Food Sciences, which sold green coffee extract diet pills, has settled with the Federal Trade Commission for $3.5 million. This happened after it was discovered the Dr. Oz-endorsed "miracle" weight loss pills were bogus, reports the Washington Post.

According to the article, the company paid researchers in India to produce a study touting their drug. It was discovered they used flawed research and falsified results.

Dr. Oz has promoted the pills on television and online, even dedicating an entire episode to the drug on his daytime program. In the episode Dr. Oz claimed:

You may think magic is make believe, but this little bean has scientists saying they found a magic weight loss cure for every body type. This miracle pill can burn fat fast for anyone who wants to lose weight. This is very exciting and it's breaking news.

Promoting shady weight loss products is a problem in the medical community. The Senate Commerce Committee made Dr. Oz appear before them, and chastised him for using his celebrity and credentials to promote something with no scientific basis.

In his defense Dr. Oz said:

I actually do personally believe in the items that I talk about on the show; I passionately study them. I recognize that oftentimes they don't have the scientific muster to present as fact.