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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Some branded over-the-counter medicines can cost up to eight times as much as generic equivalents - and even 'own-brand'...
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  • teddysmumteddysmum Forumite
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    Surely we've known this for years .
  • donnac2558donnac2558 Forumite
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    I have bought generic for years.
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    I have to laugh at the people paying £1.99 for branded pain killers when they could just buy the 32p packets instead.

    I have noticed that Sainsbury's pharmacy seems to have removed many of its 'own brand' items.

    You only need to look at the active ingredients and check other products for the same ones.
  • teddysmumteddysmum Forumite
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    As little as £1.99? Some are much more expensive.
  • helcat26helcat26 Forumite
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    not news surely- everyone knows unbranded are cheaper
  • donnac2558donnac2558 Forumite
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    I always bought these which are on the list.

    Max Strength Congestion Relief 60p Sainsbury's, trouble is they have disappeared now in fact over a month. I asked and was told they had discontinued them. Then still sell the ones with pain relief at 70p, but I don't want or need the extra pain relief.
  • chocdonutychocdonuty Forumite
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    Sainsbury's own brands are disappearing as they are being taken over by lloyds pharmacy and don't want to be stuck with tons of sainsbury's stock they can't sell.
    Although they have been taking their time and the takeover has taken longer than expected, was supposed to be in Feb!
    :hello: Hiya, I'm single mom, avid moneysaver and freecycler, sometimes :huh: but definatly :D
  • Kunoichi73Kunoichi73 Forumite
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    chocdonuty wrote: »
    Sainsbury's own brands are disappearing as they are being taken over by lloyds pharmacy and don't want to be stuck with tons of sainsbury's stock they can't sell.
    Although they have been taking their time and the takeover has taken longer than expected, was supposed to be in Feb!

    I was told the other weekend that the Lloyds own brand stuff is expected to turn up in September.
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    It's nothing new! I had to laugh when a colleague recently said she needed to go to Boots (30 mns walk from office) to buy some Neurofen for her headache. I asked her why she didn't pop in at the local Sainsburys (2 mns walk), and she responded that they didn't sell any Neurofen. I told her that they sold their own brand Ibuprofen, but she looked at me as if I was mad saying that she had tried it and it didn't work for her and only Neurofen did. I tried to explain to her that it was exactly the same but she wouldn't have it and even ended up telling me that I was an idiot! Oh well, she ended up walking 30 minutes under the rain and paying 5 times more. Her problem!
  • teddysmumteddysmum Forumite
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    Several years ago, a Boots pharmacy assistant actually came up to me and suggested I buy the Boots version of Gaviscon ,as it is identical, but a fraction of the price.


    That was my first experience that generics are just as good, but cheaper.
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