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a company accused of advertising and selling weight-loss products and erectile dysfunction supplements with false claims as to their efficacy and safety settled a suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for $175,000 on July 1. USA Pharmacal Sales Inc. of Palm Harbor, Fla., and its co-owners, John Pence and Arthur Sussman, began marketing and selling the weight-loss products, “Meta-Biological,” “Fat-Sponge In a Pill” and “Calotrol/MD,” and the erectile dysfunction supplement, “Virile V.” The FTC’s complaint alleged that advertisements for the products falsely claimed that the weight-loss products cause rapid weight loss without the need to reduce caloric intake, and that the ephedra contained in the products posed no health risks. FTC v. USA Pharmacal Sales Inc., No. 8-03 CIV 1366-P-23-EAJ (M.D. Fla.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEYS: Matthew Daynard and Thomas B. Pahl, Federal Trade Commission attorneys’ office, Washington DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Sheldon S. Lustigman, New York

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