UK Medicine and Drug Prices
Compare Drug Brands
There are a huge range of common medicine, drugs and tablets available in all manner of forms. A mystery shopper looked at the prices you would pay for the leading brand style medicine or drug to a supermarkets own brand of medicine or drug . Each product is compared on a like for like basis, with identical main active ingrediants.
Huge Price Variation in Painkillers
There was a huge variation in the price of painkillers, with the leading brands of standard drugs costings between 5 and 8 times that of the supermarket own brands! Buying own brand drugs and medicine could save you a small fortune and they will still be as effective.
For other types of drugs and medicine this price difference was reduced to 1.1 - 3 times cheaper for the own brands, not as large a difference as for painkillers, but there are still significant savings to be made by buying own brand drugs.
Note that although these medicines and drugs contain the same active ingrediants the leading brands do often have some advantages. They are usually easier to swallow, taste nicer, or come in prettier colours...
|Medicine||Active Drug Ingredient||Leading Brand Drugs||Own Brand Drugs||How many times cheaper?!?|
|Aspirin Painkiller Tablets||300 mg Aspirin||8.1p||1p||8x|
|Soluble Aspirin Painkiller Tablets||300 mg Aspirin||9.3p||1.2p||8x|
|Paracetamol Painkiller Tablets||500 mg Paracetamol||8.3p||1p||8x|
|Ibuprofen Painkiller Tablets||200 mg Ibuprofen||12.4p||2.3p||5x|
|Strong Painkiller Tablets||Aspirin + Paracetamol||8.6p||3p||3x|
|Cold and Flu Tablets||Paracetamol + decongestant + caffeine||21.6p||8.3p||2.5x|
|Soluble Cold and Flu Tablets||Paracetamol + decongestant + caffeine||27.9p||13.5p||2x|
|Hayfever Tablets||10 mg Cetrizine Hydrochloride||39.9p||14p||3x|
|Non drowsy Hayfever tablets||10 mg Loratadine||44.59||14p||3x|
|Muscle Rub Gel||Ibuprofen||£3.99||£2.24||1.6x|
|Medicated Tthroat lozenges||Hexyresorcinol||6.5p||6p||1.1x|
|Diarrhea Tablets||Loperamide Hydrochloride||4.5p||33p||1.4x|
|Diarrhea Tablets||500mg Calcium Carbonate||3.8p||1.58p||2x|
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