Thanks to Good Morning America, we now know that the popular Airborne cold remedy is nothing more than an “extraordinarily expensive Vitamin C delivery system.” A placebo.
The Alka-Seltzer-like mixture originally claimed to be the “miracle cold buster” that could “get rid of most colds in 1 hour.” The company has since watered down those claims, obviously to avoid further litigation.
For the record, I purchased one pack of Airborne last December for $5 after sworn testimony from friends and family. Had it not been for the press, I would have continued using it, however, proving that placebos and popular belief are a powerful combination — enough to “cure” the common cold even.
So lets hear it: who got duped? C’mon, out with it.
NOTE: The class-action suit entails customers with proof of purchase to be refunded for any Airborne they have ever bought. Those without proof of purchase will be reimbursed for up to 6 packages (PDF claim).