Feds have launched an investigation into the use of Tess’ name in a range of online advertisements and products, including one aimed at helping consumers understand the benefits of buying from the online pharmacy benefit.
The FTC is looking into a lawsuit filed by Tess’ mother, a former drugstore worker in Florida, alleging that she was unfairly targeted by an ad placed by a company called Pharmacy Benefits in May.
The complaint alleges that the ads were misleading and defamatory.
The complaint, filed on Tuesday, alleges that Pharmacy Benefit’s marketing materials were designed to “sell a drug for $2,499.”
In addition to that claim, the complaint alleges Pharmacy Buys falsely claims to be an authorized manufacturer of an effective and inexpensive treatment that it does not sell.
The ad is not the only time the FTC is investigating Pharmacy Payments, which has a presence on Amazon, Etsy, and other online shopping platforms.
In April, the agency launched an antitrust investigation into how the online payments company operates, and the FTC said in July that it had launched an independent probe into the business.
“We have launched investigations into many of the same issues that we have in the pharmacy industry,” said the agency’s chief, David Meehan.
“And this investigation has focused on Pharmacy.
We have determined that Pharmys practice of misrepresenting its products and services to consumers is illegal.”
Pharmacy Payments spokeswoman Kristina Jonsson declined to comment on the new investigation.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
Tess is suing Pharmacy Products for $750,000 for false advertising.
The lawsuit alleges that she received a package with a $2 million credit for an online prescription only product that had never been made.
The plaintiff, who was not identified in the complaint, claims that the Pharmacy benefits website made no such claim and instead listed a $499.99 product for which she had paid a $99.99 premium.
In the advertisement, Pharmacy Services claims to have a wide range of medications that it has made available through Pharmacy Savings accounts.
But in the advertisement the plaintiff said the product was not an effective drug that she could afford to pay the $99 charge.
Pharmacy Fees does not appear in the ads, so the company was making the claim that the product had never even been offered to her, the lawsuit alleges.
The pharmacist also stated that if Tess had paid the $2-million premium, she would have saved more money on her medication.
In reality, the pharmacist stated, the $199.99 drug could be purchased for $79.99, according to the lawsuit.
Tiss filed the complaint with the U.S. District Court in Miami.
She alleges that pharmacy benefits is a “public nuisance” that violates the FTC Act because it “is designed to encourage consumers to purchase its services.”
She also said the company has engaged in unfair business practices and failed to adequately warn consumers about the false claims and misleading claims made by Pharmacy Resources, the company that advertises for the product.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Tess, her mother, and her mother’s business, a medical supplies store.
The court filed an initial injunction in August, blocking Pharmacy Programs from distributing Pharmacy Rewards cards, saying the program violated Tess’ privacy rights.
The injunction was finalized in March, when the parties agreed to a settlement, according the court filing.
The Pharmacy Program is an online pharmacy service offered by Pharmacies.
The cards are issued by Pharmacists who will give customers the opportunity to buy prescription drugs from a Pharmacy in a variety of convenient locations.
The plaintiffs allege that Pharmacies program has been designed to target people with high out-of-pocket expenses, and it is “designed to make consumers feel better about their out-year spending,” the lawsuit says.
The Plaintiffs are seeking to enjoin Pharmacy Policies from continuing the false and misleading marketing practices.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.