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Glucosamine Supplement Class Action Settlement

By Mike Holter


Osteo Bi-FlexSeveral companies that manufacture and sell joint health supplements containing glucosamine and/or chondroitin have reached a $2 million class action lawsuit settlement over allegations they lied about the health benefits of their products.

If you purchased a joint health supplement containing glucosamine from Rexall Sundown Inc., NBTY Inc. or their affiliates, you may be eligible to claim up to $50 cash from the class action settlement. Dozens of glucosamine and/or chondroitin supplements are covered by the settlement, including those sold under the CVS, Equate, Equaline, Kirkland, Kroger, Osteo Bi-Flex, Safeway, Target and Walgreens brand names.

The glucosamine settlement will resolve numerous class action lawsuits filed since 2011 that accuse the defendants of making false, deceptive and misleading labeling claims about the benefits of glucosamine and/or chondroitin.

Rexall denies all allegations of wrongdoing or liability and stands by its glucosamine products and their efficacy, but has agreed to a $2 million class action lawsuit settlement to end the litigation.

Class Members of the glucosamine supplement settlement include all U.S. consumers who purchased for personal use certain joint health dietary supplements sold under the following brand names between 2005 and 2013:

  • American Health
  • CVS
  • Duane Reade
  • Equate
  • Equaline
  • Finest Naturals
  • Flex-a-Min
  • Good N Natural
  • Hannaford
  • Healthy Accents
  • Kirkland
  • Knox
  • Kroger
  • Life Fitness
  • MET-Rx
  • Member’s Mark
  • Natural Wealth
  • Nature’s Bounty
  • Origin
  • Oseto Bi-Flex
  • Physilogics
  • Rexall
  • Safeway
  • ShopRite
  • Solgar
  • Spring Valley
  • Sundown/Sundown Naturals
  • SunMark
  • Target
  • Up and Up
  • Vitamin World
  • Walgreens

See the complete list of Covered Products and their time periods of sale covered by the settlement.

Class Members that submit a valid Claim Form postmarked or submitted online by December 3, 2013 will be eligible to receive a cash payment of $5 per bottle purchased, up to a maximum of 10 ($50), with Proof of Purchase. Adequate proof includes a cash register receipt, an intact box or bottle that clearly displays a readable UPC code and lot number, or similar documentation that identifies the Covered Product and date and location of purchase.

If you can’t provide Proof of Purchase, you can still submit a claim under penalty of perjury confirming your purchase and receive $3 per bottle purchased, up to a maximum of 4 bottles ($12).

Your refund may be more or less, depending on how many valid claims are filed.

A federal court preliminarily approved the glucosamine class action settlement on May 16, 2013. A Final Fairness Hearing is scheduled for September 4, 2013.

Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Glucosamine Joint Health Supplement Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at Detailed claim filing instructions can be found here.


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  • Kevin McCauley June 19, 2013

    I wish I had saved all the receipts, I’ve been using and still am for along time

  • Mary M. June 19, 2013

    OMG! I can’t believe this, I was taking this stuff like it was cracks, and still had to have surgery on my knee three times. I do have one receipts and a box around here some where.

  • Carl F. Blair June 20, 2013

    This is a phony settlement. How many people keep grocery receipts for eight years. I personally have received five ten dollar($10.00) coupons through their Ambassador Club by submitting 500 points each in proof of purchase coupons. Considering the largest coupon value is 60 points. I have purchased some 40 plus bottles and I might get $12.00 back. WOW what a deal!

  • Charles Walters June 20, 2013

    @Carl – same. Just 3 days ago I mailed 500 points to the Ambassador club for a $10 coupon. I had numerous 40pt, 60pt, and 1 80 pt UPC.

    As far as effectiveness, it did seem to work for several years and helped relieve some of my chronic knee pain without anti-inflammatories. At this point, really don’t notice any benefit but continue to take it – just in case! I know – terrible reason.

    The lawyers will make a bundle and pennies will be left over for the product users! This is called American Justice.

  • Martha June 21, 2013

    The important issue to me would be-
    Has this glucosamine/chondroitin product been
    harmful to humans during all the years it has
    been available??

  • DSS June 24, 2013

    On the electronic claim form “click here” to attach proof of purchase doesn’t work anyhow so it’s as if they don’t want you to be able to file a claim even if you could. The USPS loses my mail about 20% of the time so mailing it in has about a 20% chance of finding it’s way to it’s destination and then any settlement would have the same odds finding it’s way back.

  • Charles R. June 24, 2013

    Why isn’t Schiff Move Free included in this settlement. It is sold in Walmart and every drug chain and has been out since glucasomine has been touted as an arthritis aid. I’ve been taking it for years.ZV968

  • karen k June 24, 2013

    Who saves old receipts and who saves old empty bottles? They know no one does so the best we can get back is $12. Is it even worth it? I have signed up for I don’t know how many lawsuits on products I have bought and have got one check in two years, and that was suppose to be 2 checks so they jipped me out of one

  • Brenda Grimes June 29, 2013

    The upload button doesn”t wwork…..

  • elaineV. Drosos July 2, 2013

    I took glucosamine and condroitinfor years and years about 25 total and now I need bilateral knee replacemants so much for that

  • Kathy Houy July 13, 2013

    Who saves receipts for vitamins I don’t know anyone that sae them!! I have been taking glucosamine for years for my knees they still hurt !! I use to have steroids shots in them the Dr.that gave me the shots passed away. I spent alot of money on those pills alot!!!.

  • Ann July 16, 2013

    Does any one know how to attach the receipts. We have tried several times and were unsuccessful. this seems a scam to me since there is no real way to attach any of the supporting documents.

  • Mary Guinn July 16, 2013

    What I don’t get is the fact that the post card came to my address, however, when I filled out the claim form, it kept telling me the address was incorrect? What’s this all about?

  • Betty Britton August 23, 2013

    Who keeps receipts of vitamins and supplements, especially for years, including the bottles! These class action lawsuits are of more benefit to the attorneys.

  • Betty Britton August 23, 2013

    Who keeps receipts of vitamins and supplements, especially for years, including the bottles! These class action lawsuits are of more benefit to the attorneys.

  • Bill September 13, 2013

    I started taking it at age 51, because I thought it would keep my knees running great forever ( nothing wrong with my joints). Funny how a month later I blew my knee up with just some light jogging ( Severely tore both sides of my meniscus up)
    Taking the Glucosamine for a month was the only thing different I did, so I have to believe this stuff caused my injury. No refund of $10 will solve that for me>
    Good luck to those of you still taking it

  • frank diclementi September 21, 2013


  • frank diclementi September 21, 2013

    used both products it seemed to work because the pain was dredfull after a few weeks I realized no relief

  • kelly October 28, 2013

    might as well just eat m&ms

  • Franklin November 8, 2013

    This is all bulls** from lawyers so THEY can make the money.
    Glucosamine works, its not supposed to make miraculous healing. it SUPPORTS health joints! It means it is to be used mainly as preventable means, i see people that busted their joins with overweight, bad posture, bad eating habits and now wants a miracle pill which will deliver them from their long years of stupidity and misuse of the joints. WAKE UP BUNCH OF MORONS. Prevention is the way, now that you have your joint busted, don’t blame others. I have used Glucosamine for a long time, i take good care of my overall health and my joints . i can run 5 miles in less than 40 minutes with nothing bothering me, and I am 42. Wake up and use your example to help others how to prevent joint problems by taking early action, $50 miserable bucks will not do anything for you!!

  • sharon April 14, 2014

    What’s going on

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  • Larry August 18, 2016

    If you are a member at your local vitamin store, they should have a record of your purchases. This is how I was able to get my claim without a receipt. They actually notified me by email.

  • Peter Kess August 19, 2016

    The glucosamine claim forms are not working correctly.
    There is no field (initially) for your e-mail address. When you hit SUBMIT, the form gets kicked back and asks you to fill in your e-mail address–BUT it has also reduced your claim down to 1 BOTTLE! The pulldown menu is now LOCKED and will not allow you to fix the error. I experienced this on Chrome, Edge, and Explorer.
    Suggestion: If you have a claim, print out the mail-in form.

    Additionally, both of the forms to contact the claims administrator are also totally useless, with multiple errors right off the bat. The administrator is Heffler Claims Group – they are either incompetent or corrupt.

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