According to Class Action Lawsuit, St. John’s Wort is a Useless Drug
A California federal court recently received a class action lawsuit filed by Amy Roberts against Blossom Nature, LLC because of its St. John’s wort extract. The lawsuit alleges it is an unusable drug with misbranded labeling.
Details about the Lawsuit
Blossom Nature LLC, according to the class action lawsuit, is marketing and selling Full Spectrum TM St. John’s Wort Extract on its company site and on Amazon, claiming that the product is a natural medication for mental health issues and that it does not have any side effects compared to prescribed antidepressants.
Lead Plaintiff Amy Roberts also stated that the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) sent a letter to Blossom Nature LLC on February 18, 2021, after the company’s website and listings were reviewed.
The letter relayed to the company that St. John’s Wort Extract should be a new drug and is currently misbranded as a drug under law as their product says that it can be used in curing, mitigating, treating, or preventing a disease.
As the product is considered mislabeled, it is then against the law to sell it on the market.
Details of Previous Lawsuits
February Case – Less Hypericin Than Advertised
Around January 2017, Whole Foods Market Inc. faced a lawsuit claiming that a St. John’s Wort product does not have consistent amounts of the single active ingredient.
The plaintiff also alleges that Whole Foods discounted the materials involved in the product’s manufacturing while increasing the company’s profits from selling the supplements.
The lawsuit further claims that the St. John’s Wort supplement sold at Whole Foods lacked a consistent amount of hypericin, which is the single active ingredient in the product. As the product is usually used for its neurological effects, St. John’s Wort is marketed as an herbal antidepressant.
To test the product’s ingredients, the St. John’s Wort product was sent to a lab according to the lawsuit and was found to have less than 0.3% hypericin as marketed by Whole Foods.
It meant that Whole Foods Market’s claims about their product are false and misleading and that the company was fully aware of this fact but still sold the item and did not rectify the packaging.
The plaintiff filed the case because of the company’s violations against the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and the Deceptive Business Practices Act, along with the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.
May Case – Mislabeled Packaging
Almost similar to the February lawsuit, now involving NOW Health Group Inc., the May lawsuit claims that the company is deceiving customers with its packaging of St. John’s Wort pills.
The lawsuit claims that NOW Health is marketing the pills as made out of a standardized extract and that it has a minimum of 0.3% hypericin. Further allegations point to the pills being tested and that it has less hypericin than advertised, and that it has been deceiving customers for quite some time.
About Blossom Nature LLC
They provide supplements according to their website, made from natural ingredients, NON-GMO verified, vegan, and gluten-free. Their GMP facility is located in the country.
Editor’s note on Blossom Nature St. John’s Wort Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This piece is written about Blossom Nature’s St. John’s Wort. If you are considered eligible to be among the class members described in the class action above, you may eventually take part in receiving any compensation the court may award.
If you believe that what is alleged in the Blossom Nature St. John’s Wort class action lawsuit has affected you, please reach out to us.
Case Name: Amy Roberts et al., v. Blossom Nature, LLC
Case No.: 2:21-cv-01024-WBS-JDP
Product/service: St. John Wort by Blossom Nature
Allegations: Blossom Nature is selling St. John’s Wort Extract, which is considered as an unusable product as it is not categorized properly according to the FDA as a new drug
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