A Healthesystems publication

Summer 2017
Myth Busters: Private-Label Topicals Edition

Private-label topical (PLT) analgesics are independently manufactured lotions and creams that are increasingly being prescribed to patients for the temporary relief of minor pain associated with injury. The expensive products are often marketed by manufacturers as having unique formulations and special ingredient blends. In reality, most of these products often contain ingredients that can be found in inexpensive, widely accessible over-the-counter (OTC) topical products.

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SOURCES

1 -Healthesystems data.
2 -FDA Drug Safety Communication: Rare cases of serious skin burns with use of over-the-counter topical muscle and joint pain relievers. September 2012. Rockville, MD: US Food and Drug Administration. http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm318858.htm. Accessed March 6, 2017.
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