ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork seems at seemingly random labeling and pricing of over-the-counter medicine – together with examples the place the similar drug, marketed for 2 totally different circumstances, has totally totally different pricing.
Dr. Stork discovered two packing containers of tablets in a native drugstore. One in a blue field is marketed as a night-time sleep aid. The different, in a pink field, is marketed for allergy aid. But each packing containers include the very same lively ingredient, diphenhydramine, in the similar dosage.
“What’s the difference between these two pills, other than their color?” he asks. “Price! The generic-brand allergy relief was three dollars more than the generic sleep-aid. The exact same product!”
And that’s not all he found. Although each bins include precisely the similar treatment, the warning inserts – meant to alert clients to side effects – are totally different. The “sleep-aid” field warns customers to not drive, whereas the “allergy” field merely notes that they need to “use caution when driving.”
“As a consumer you have to be so very smart when it comes to these things,” Dr. Stork notes.