Cold sufferers are being told to stick with paracetamol, aspirin and honey after Consumer NZ says New Zealanders are being misled into spending money on some types of cough, cold and flu medicines which are “not really that effective”.
“There is not that much evidence to support they are doing the things they claim they do,” Ms Chetwin said.
Speaking to TVNZ1’s Breakfast programme this morning, Ms Chetwin said New Zealanders spend $38 million a year on cold and flu remedies which aren’t going to be helpful to help relieve symptoms.
“We are more concerned about the claims being made and we have asked Medsafe … to have a look.”
“There are really good studies that show this stuff doesn’t work, very little evidence to show that it does and people are being mislead into spending quite a bit of money.
according to Press Release – Consumer NZExpensive over-the-counter cold and flu remedies are often no more effective than paracetamol, honey and putting your feet up for a few days, says Consumer NZ.4 May 2017Unconvincing evidence for many pricey cold & flu remedies, says Consumer NZExpensive over-the-counter cold and flu remedies are often no more effective than paracetamol, honey and putting your feet up for a few days, says Consumer NZ.
It reviewed research on typical ingredients in cold and flu remedies and found many products had unconvincing scientific evidence to back up their claims.
Consumer NZ looked at more than 50 cold and flu products, from decongestants and antihistamines through to cough drops, to see which offer the most effective relief.
“People hit by a winter bug may want to save their money and stick with bed rest and a painkiller,” Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says.
Like any product, cold and flu remedies should be true to label and do what they say they’ll do.”In its report, Consumer NZ found more convincing evidence that medicine cabinet staples such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin can help ease the aches and discomfort from cold or flu.
Questions are being raised over the effectiveness of cold and flu medicines.
The group looked at more than 50 cold and flu products to see which offer the most effective relief.
Many cold and flu medicines are expensive and not likely to be more effective than regular painkillers and putting your feet up for a rest, a consumer advocacy group says.
Independent reviews into ingredients in cough medications -dextromethorphan and guaifenesin – have also not found good evidence of their effectiveness, Consumer NZ says.
In its report, Consumer NZ found more convincing evidence medicine-cabinet staples – such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin – can help ease the aches and discomfort from cold or flu and that decongestant nasal sprays may help.
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