Thursday January 25, 2007

It Pays to Read the Label

We stopped into Walgreens for Chlorpheniramine Maleate, an antihistamine. Walgreens stocks their own house-brand (Wal-Finate) as well as the Brand Name Version, Chlor-Trimeton. The latter is available in blister packs; the 24-pill box costs $6.99.

In contrast, a 50-pill bottle of Wal-Finate costs $4.99. That was a pretty good reason to buy the house brand, but there were other considerations. I like to compare the ingredients as well. In this case, the medication is for a kitty. I pay even more attention to what I give the kitties than for myself.

Walgreen's "Wal-finate" brand contains Chlorpheniramine Maleate 4 mg (expected) as well as the following "inactive ingredients": Lactose , Magnesium Stearate , Microcrystalline Cellulose , and Pregelatinized Starch.

In contrast, Chlor-Trimeton contains: Calcium Sulfate , Carnauba Wax , Colloidal Silicon Dioxide , Confectioners Sugar , D&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake , FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake , FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake , Gelatin , Hypromellose , Lactose Monohydrate , Magnesium Stearate , Methacrylic Acid Copolymer , Microcrystalline Cellulose , Pharmaceutical Ink , Polysorbate 80 , Povidone , Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Sucrose , Talc , Titanium Dioxide , Triethyl Citrate , and White Wax.

Great Zot!

Now, I ask you... what purpose do those nearly two dozen "inactive ingredients" serve?! As Rich said, even if none of them cost very much, they need to be stored, measured, added, etc, etc. Why?

Guess which pills I bought?

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