Pain Relief Drugs: Panadol And Nurofen by Jemma Castle

This is an excerpt of the article written by Investigative Journalist Jemma Castle and published on the website Choice. Choice is Australia's leading consumer advocacy group.

Pain Relief Drugs: Panadol And Nurofen

by Jemma Castle

When pain strikes, many people reach for branded over-the-counter (OTC) pain-relief medication such as Panadol or Nurofen instead of their cheaper generic equivalents. But is there really any difference between what are all essentially just paracetamol or ibuprofen tablets? Do you actually get a painkiller that's more effective, safer, targeted at specific pain or even faster acting when you pay more?

The short answer is no, not really. But given the plethora of painkillers on the market, it's easy to be fooled. CHOICE investigated the OTC pain-relief market and found drug companies have successfully convinced consumers to pay up to five times more than they have to (based on prices at supermarkets, chemists and online in April 2014) for a humble ibuprofen or paracetamol tablet. ...continue reading »

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