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Albertsons Beats ‘Rapid Release’ Pain Reliever Deception Suit

Dec. 5, 2022, 3:47 PM

Albertsons Cos., Safeway Inc. and others knocked out a proposed class suit challenging their marketing of “rapid release” pain relievers, following a federal judge’s ruling that the claims are preempted because the gelcaps’ dissolution speed meets federal standards.

Nicole Sapienza alleged that although the companies tout their Signature Care brand of acetaminophen products as “rapid release,” independent testing demonstrates that the products dissolve more slowly than non-rapid release Signature Care acetaminophen products, which are cheaper.

Federal rules governing the labeling of non-prescription drugs disallow any state requirement that’s not identical to a federal one, sinking her claims, the US ...