FTC Stays Tough On Health Software, Even As FDA Eases Up

By Jeff Overley (January 22, 2015, 3:38 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission's rebuke this week of a company that claimed its video games improve mental health is an important reminder that software developers can't tout unproven health benefits just because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is relaxing its oversight, attorneys say.

The FTC's action on Tuesday concerned a game that Focus Education LLC allegedly boasted would help with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — a claim the agency said must be halted unless the company finds legitimate scientific support. The game, "Jungle Rangers," sells as part of a $200 package that reportedly generated $4.5 million in revenue for Focus...

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