Mead Johnson to pay $13.5 million in damages for false advertising

A Virginia jury awarded $13.5 million in damages to manufacturers of store-brand infant formula. PBM Products had contested Mead Johnson’s claims that “only Enfamil LIPIL is clincally proven to improve brain and eye development.”

Mead Johnson uses aggressive marketing tactics, such as hospital marketing, to convince families to purchase its high-priced formula. Mead Johnson’s product costs twice as much as the PBM products sold at Sam’s Club, Target, Kroger and Walgreen’s, the company told the associated press. Continue reading