May 18, 1998
Kansas City, Mo. -- Attorney General Jay Nixon today obtained a court order that provides full refunds to Missouri consumers who ordered Vaegra, a knockoff impotence treatment being marketed through a toll-free telephone number and a Kansas City mailbox address by a business calling itself the "American Urological Clinic."
Last month Nixon obtained a temporary restraining order against the corporations that did business under the clinic name. He alleged that the Institute of Sexual Research Inc. and the Old Well Corp. were trying to confuse consumers with a product name similar to Viagra, a legitimate impotence treatment approved in March by the Food and Drug Administration and available only through prescription.
"Every year thousands of consumers are bilked out of millions of dollars for bogus health products and treatments," Nixon said. "The people marketing this supposed impotence cure were trying to cash in on the high demand for the real thing, Viagra. This judgment will return money to those who bought a product they thought was going to help them with a real medical problem."
Under the terms of today's consent injunction filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, the Institute of Sexual Research Inc. and the Old Well Corp. will:
The clinic's solicitations reprinted a Newsweek article on the success of Viagra and misrepresented that the article was about Vaegra, Nixon said. Pfizer Inc., the maker of Viagra, has already reached a settlement with the defendants for using the name Vaegra.
"A healthy dose of skepticism and a little investigating can help you avoid wasting your money on health quackery," Nixon said. "Consumers should consult their physicians or pharmacists before ordering products like this."
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