Branded medicine is one of the biggest rip offs around, and the chances are you could have got it for a fraction of the price if you knew about checking the PL number.
Never heard of a PL number?
I’m not surprised, they don’t exactly scream it from the roof tops as the cheeky, rip off merchant, pharmaceutical companies want you to continue to shop blind, spending way more than you ever needed to.
In fact I’d put money on it that you have more than one of the exact same drug in your cupboards, but you’ve been lead to believe they are different and specific to your complaint.
By the end of this article you’ll never get stung by these little cretins ever again!
What is a PL number?
A medication is given a PL number by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) when it is licensed to be marketed in the UK.
The one thing the MHRA has no control of is the price they are sold at.
So basically, a big name brand can pick up that medication and sell it for £5, whilst you may be able to get the exact same thing in ALDI for pennies.
Same drug, different packaging, MASSIVE rip off!
How to check a PL number
As I mentioned above, every drug is given its own PL number, for instance PL 12063/0104 is a cold and flu remedy.
If that is on the box of a well known brand, it’s going to cost a lot more than a supermarket’s own branded tablets – A LOT MORE!
There is absolutely no difference other than the price.
If you want to be sure, just check the PL number against the cheaper option, if that number is the same, it’s the same drug and will work in exactly the same way.
Other marketing medicine blags to be aware of
The pharmaceutical industry is full of smart arse marketeers who’s job it is to convince us, the consumer, that their brand is the dogs bollocks and best for our condition.
Now, here is the really crafty part.
You’re probably familiar with brands advertising to us for certain conditions such as period pains, back pain, sinuses etc.
Those tablets that they manipulate us into believing are for a specific complaint, could well be the same as a cheaper option.
They are not targeting specific types of pain at all, that’s just what they want you to believe.
Whilst you think the only option for your pain is this specific, expensive, branded pain killer, it could actually be sat on a shelf in ALDI for less than 50p.
Feel cheated? You should!
But now you know, and you can give the two fingered salute to the pharmaceutical companies from here on!
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