Q&A: Is it safe to buy no-name aspirin at a dollar store?

Consumer Reports News: April 24, 2009 11:22 AM

Is it safe to buy no-name aspirin at a dollar store if it doesn’t say where it was manufactured? —A.J., San Pedro, Calif.

Probably, though it may be wiser to get your generic aspirin from a pharmacy or supermarket. Federal law requires that all over-the-counter drug labels provide an address for the company that packages or distributes the product. But even if that address is in the United States, the drug itself could have been manufactured anywhere on the planet.

While we haven’t heard any safety concerns about aspirin from dollar stores, recent Consumer Reports tests (subscribers only) have raised questions about the quality of dollar-store brands of multivitamins, many of which failed to meet their label claims for certain nutrients or didn’t dissolve properly. And since generic aspirin is inexpensive in general, you probably aren’t saving much purchasing it at a dollar store.

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