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WPBF 25 News compares over-the-counter medications


BACK TO YOU. Paul: A LITTLE WARMER OUT THERE. Erin:. Erin: ABSOLUTELY. ALL THIS WEEK WE HAVE QUESTIONS TO SAVE YOU MONEY. SHOULD YOU BUY GENERIC OR NAME BRAND? WE’RE PUTTING THE COMMON HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS TO THE TEST. Paul: FROM SOAP TO DOG FOOD, THIS MORNING WE TAKE A LOOK AT OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION. Reporter: TAKE A STROLL DOWN ANY PHARMACY AISLE, AND YOU’RE INSTANTLY BOMB BARDED WITH AD FROM OF OPTION, WHETHER IT’S COLD MEDICINE, ALLERGY DRUGS OR PAIN PILLS, THE SHELVES ARE STOCKED WITH AN ARRAY OF BRANDS PROMISING TO CURE WHATEVER AILS YOU. BUT WAIT. THERE IS ONE KEY DIFFERENCE. THE PRICE. YOU CAN WHY NAME BRAND AND PAY MORE, OR YOU CAN BUY GENERIC AND PAY LESS, BUT ARE YOU GETTING THE SAME QUALITY? WE WENT TO THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE TO FIND OUT. IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NAME BRAND VERSUS GENERIC? WHAT DO YOU THINK AS A PHYSICIAN? WELL, NO, THERE’S… THE F.D.A. REGULATES BOTH GENERIC AND NAME BRANDS. Reporter: BUT HOW DO YOU FOE FOR SURE YOU’RE GETTING THE SAME QUALITY. WHAT SHOULD THEY BE LOOKING FOR? READ THE BACK OF THE LABEL. %- CHECK FOR THE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS. IF THE MILLIGRAMS ARE THE SAME AS YOUR NAME BRAND, THEN YOU ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET THE SAME MEDICATION FOR PROBABLY A LOWER PRICE. Reporter: IN FACT, UNDER FEDERAL LAW, GENERIC DRUGS MUST HAVE THE SAME ACTIVE INGREDIENT, STRENGTH, DOSAGE AND IT MUST ALSO BE ABSORBED INTO YOUR BODY THE SAME WAY AS THE NAME BRAND DRUGS ARE. SO WHY, YOU MAY ASK, DO NAME BRAND DRUGS CHARGE YOU MORE FOR ESSENTIALLY THE SAME PRODUCT? YOU’RE REALLY JUST PAYING FOR THE NAME. DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. ASK THE DOCTOR. AS A DOCTOR, DO YOU GRAVITATE %- TOWARD BRANDS THAT HAVE WORKED FOR YOU IN THE PAST? UM, NO. Reporter: THIS IS SCIENCE. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ACTIVE INGREDIENTS. THIS IS CHEMISTRY ESSENTIALLY. YES. SO I GO AND I’LL COMPARISON SHOP. ABSOLUTELY. ALWAYS. Reporter: SO YOU CAN SAVE A FEW DOLLARS AND NOT FEEL GUILTY. THAT YOU’RE GETTING A MORE WORTHWHILE PRODUCT. Paul: SO EVEN THE DOCTOR PRICE COMPARES THERE. THERE YOU GO. LOOK AT THE LABELS. THEY SHOULD HAVE THE SAME ACTIVE INGREDIENT AND THE SAME AMOUNT, AND DOCTORS SAY THIS ALSO APPLIES TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, AS WELL, NOT JUST OVER-THE-COUNTER. SO THERE’S NO REASON TO PAY MORE FOR MEDICATION. I’LL ADMIT IT, I’VE DONE IT MYSELF. IT’S A TRUST FACTOR. YOU’RE USED TO THE NAME BRAND AND YOU’RE FAMILIAR WITH IT, BUT IT’S PURELY PSYCHOLOGICAL. ESPECIALLY WITH MEDICATION, YOU FEEL GUILTY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT YOUR KIDS. YOU DON’T WANT TOOSKIMP ON IT, IF YOU WILL. Paul: IF YOU KNOW IT WORKS,

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