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Judge Halts Company's Claims About Spray Product

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has barred a Las Vegas company from calling Iowa residents and claiming to sell a human growth hormone product that kills cancer cells.

Polk County District Court Judge Michael D. Huppert issued an injunction Thursday against Americare Inc., its owner and two telemarketers. The company does business as Americare Health.

Attorney General Tom Miller says the state’s consumer protection division recorded a phone call showing telemarketers making misleading claims about an oral spray’s effects on cancer and other serious diseases and conditions. The company sells the spray for $249 per bottle.

The injunction requires that defendants refrain from collecting any payments for past sales from Iowa residents. They must also provide refunds to Iowa customers who request them.

A public phone number for Americare went unanswered Friday.