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Walgreens Pain Reliever Fast-Release Quick Gels Claims Class Action

Do fast-release or rapid-release pharmaceuticals really work faster than regular ones? In the case of certain Walgreens pain relief medicines, the complaint for this class action alleges that they do no. The products in question are Well at Walgreens brand Extra Strength Pain Reliever Fast-Release Quick Gels and Extra Strength Pain Reliever PM Fast-Release Quick Gels. The companies at issue are Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and its partner in devising the product, LNK International, Inc.

Three state classes have been defined for this action. The New York Class is all persons who bought the Fast-Release Quick Gels in New York, during the fullest period allowed by law. The Illinois and Missouri Classes are the same, for those who bought the product their respective states.

The product seems to have been based on one offered by Johnson & Johnson, under the Tylenol brand name. In 2005, Johnson & Johnson came out with something it called Tylenol Extra Strength Rapid Release Gels and, three years later, with Tylenol PM Rapid Release Gels.

The complaint quotes Johnson & Johnson as saying the gel caps in the product were “specially designed” to have “holes to allow [for] the release of powerful medicine even faster than before.”

Walgreens apparently wanted to offer a similar generic product, so it partnered with LNK to produce one. LNK provides laboratory, manufacturing, packaging, and marketing services to stores like Walgreens. Together, they put out Well at Walgreens brand Extra Strength Pain Reliever Fast-Release Quick Gels and Extra Strength Pain Reliever PM Fast-Release Quick Gels.

However, the complaint alleges that the two companies “mislead consumers about the nature, quality, and effectiveness of the so-called fast-release products through advertising and labeling” because of the “fast release” claim.

What’s wrong with that? The complaint alleges that, “despite what the labeling and advertising would have consumers believe, the term ‘fast-release’ or ‘rapid release’ do not actually mean that the drug works faster for consumers than non-fast or non-rapid release products. The same is true of the brand name Tylenol rapid release products.” The complaint alleges that “traditional, non-fast release acetaminophen products can be equally effective in the same, if not faster, time period than the fast-release products.”

The complaint then makes an even more eye-opening claim: “In fact, a study demonstrates that the [] Fast-Release Quick Gels dissolve slower [sic] than the Walgreens brand non-fast release products.” However, the complaint alleges, Walgreens charges a higher price for the fast-release product.

According to the complaint, then, the “fast-release” labeling is “false, misleading, unfair, and deceptive” and used only to mislead consumers.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Walgreens Pain Reliever Fast-Release Quick Gels Claims Complaint

October 28, 2020

Do fast-release or rapid-release pharmaceuticals really work faster than regular ones? In the case of certain Walgreens pain relief medicines, the complaint for this class action alleges that they do no. The products in question are Well at Walgreens brand Extra Strength Pain Reliever Fast-Release Quick Gels and Extra Strength Pain Reliever PM Fast-Release Quick Gels. The companies at issue are Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and its partner in devising the product, LNK International, Inc.

Walgreens Pain Reliever Fast-Release Quick Gels Claims Complaint

Case Event History

Walgreens Pain Reliever Fast-Release Quick Gels Claims Complaint

October 28, 2020

Do fast-release or rapid-release pharmaceuticals really work faster than regular ones? In the case of certain Walgreens pain relief medicines, the complaint for this class action alleges that they do no. The products in question are Well at Walgreens brand Extra Strength Pain Reliever Fast-Release Quick Gels and Extra Strength Pain Reliever PM Fast-Release Quick Gels. The companies at issue are Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and its partner in devising the product, LNK International, Inc.

Walgreens Pain Reliever Fast-Release Quick Gels Claims Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Item Does Not Do What It Is Advertised to Do, Untrue Product Claims