Ayds



Ayds was an appetite-suppressant candy which enjoyed strong sales in the 1970s and early 1980s. It was available in chocolate, butterscotch or caramel flavors, and later a peanut butter flavor was introduced. The original packaging used the phrase "Ayds Reducing Plan vitamin and mineral Candy"; a later version used the phrase "appetite suppressant candy". The active ingredient in the modern formulation of the candy was 6 mg benzedrine.

Unfortunately, public awareness of the disease AIDS beginning around mid-1981 caused problems for the brand due to the similarity of names. Initially sales were not affected, but by 1988 the chairman of Dep Corporation announced that the company was seeking a new name because sales had dropped as much as 50 percent due to publicity about the disease. The product's name was changed to Diet Ayds (Aydslim in Britain), but eventually it was withdrawn from the market.

Videos of old Ayds television commercials have enjoyed a resurgence of popularity on internet video sites for its unintentional humor (eg, Ayds helps you lose weight or Why take diet pills when you can enjoy Ayds? or even Thank Goodness For Ayds).

The product was originally introduced by the Carlay Company of Chicago. A U.S. trademark was registered in 1946 claiming first use in commerce was in 1937. In 1944 the US Federal Trade Commission objected to the claim that the product could cause the user to "lose up to 10 pounds in 5 days, without dieting or exercising".

The Carlay Company later became a division of Campana Corporation of Batavia, Illinois. In turn, Campana was sold to Allied Laboratories in 1956, and then again in 1962 to Purex Corporation, which may have been known as Purell and which may have been a subsidiary of Allied at the time. In 1981, Purex sold the rights to the Ayds name to Jeffrey Martin Inc. In 1987, Jeffrey Martin Inc. and its product line (including Doan's Backache Pills, Bantron Smoking Deterrent Tablet, Ayds Appetite Suppressant and Compoz Sleep Aid) were acquired by the Dep Corporation (sometimes written DEP).Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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