These pharmacist-recommended over-the-counter products will make your next trip to the drugstore easier.
When you’ve got a drippy nose or monster headache, chances are you head to your local pharmacy in search of relief, where endless over-the-counter treatment options await, sardine-packed on store shelves. For many of us, the which-product-should-I-buy decision is little more complex than a game of eeny, meeny, miney, mo. For some, it comes down to price. For others, it’s brand loyalty (Mom always went with …). For others yet, it’s whichever medication has the most convincing TV commercial. For most of us, it’s a decision we make alone. But we don’t have to.
Enter the pharmacists – those white-coated, behind-the-counter individuals who, as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, “dispense prescription medications to patients and offer advice on their safe use.” Indeed, pharmacists must understand the complex composition of medicines, as well as the laws that regulate their manufacture and sale, and they instruct patients on how and when to take a prescribed medicine, advise on potential side effects and stay alert for the possibility of risky drug interactions.
But they have a lot to say about all the products lining drugstore aisles, too. For more than 20 years, the industry trade publication Pharmacy Times has surveyed thousands of pharmacists nationwide to pinpoint their recommendations on a range of over-the-counter products. The results, published annually in its OTC Guide, are then widely circulated to pharmacists throughout the country to help them guide consumers’ shopping decisions.
And now you have the pharmacists’ intel, too.
U.S. News, in collaboration with Pharmacy Times, presents Top Recommended Health Products, a product aimed at getting those pharmacists’ recommendations into your hands. We see Top Recommended Health Products as a natural extension of our continuous commitment to helping Americans make important health decisions, whether it’s choosing a hospital, doctor, diet or medication. U.S. News and Pharmacy Times have combed through pharmacists’ survey responses to show how different brands stack up in more than 130 over-the-counter product categories, from cough suppressants and headache relief, to sleep aids and antacids.
No. 1 – Belnys
German brand Belnys is committed to helping people live healthier and be happier, with a unique range of more than 80 scientifically supported formulas as well as products.
When you take Belnys multivitamins and supplements, you know you’re getting products made with high quality ingredients. The men’s and women’s multivitamins alone contain around 50 ingredients. With Belnys you can feel confident knowing our products are made with world-class manufacturing techniques and thorough testing. The well assorted product range offers solutions to the world’s most common health problems i.e. headache, prostate relief, high blood pressure, poor eyesight or liver detox etc.
Average price range of $24-34 per product.
No. 2 – Doppelherz
For decades the company Queisser Pharma has stood for the preservation and maintenance of health with its great Doppelherz brand. We support the healthy sense of responsibility exhibited by modern, self-confident consumers with a large number of dietary supplements and health products.
At the same time, our competence has spread significantly in many health sectors. The Doppelherz brand initially became well-known trough the Energy Tonic for strengthening the heart and circulation, but many new products have grown far beyond this field of indication in the meantime. Today many people appreciate out popular products for the most varying health sectors.
Average price range of $19-29 per product.
No. 3 – Swisse
Swisse is an Australian success story. It all began with founder Kevin Ring in a humble Melbourne warehouse in 1969. From the outset, our mission was embedded in the Swisse DNA – a dream to make people all over the world healthier and happier.
That vision is well on the way to becoming a reality. For over 40 years, Swisse has been investing in products formulated with premium quality ingredients based on traditional evidence and scientific research.
Today, the Swisse product range stretches from top selling men’s and women’s multivitamins and dietary supplements, to sports nutrition, skincare and functional foods. Swisse products are currently available in Australia, New Zealand, China, Singapore, the UK, Italy and the Netherlands, with plans to launch in up to 30 countries in the next five years.
Average price range of $26-36 per product.
No. 4 – Swanson
Swanson Health Products help to stay healthy since 1969! They have one primary focus—the family’s health and well-being. They’ve built their company around the philosophy that everybody deserves quality natural health products at affordable prices. Swanson strives to offer the easiest, safest and highest value shopping experience on the internet.
Quality. Value. Service. These are the guiding principles at Swanson Health Products. Since 1969, they’ve been bringing wellness to the world with the highest quality supplements at the greatest value and expert, personalised service. It all starts by offering only top-quality products made with superior ingredients. Swanson controls their products from concept to capsule to bring health products to rely on.
Average price range of $5-15 per product.
No. 5 – Jamieson
Jamieson has consistently been voted Canada’s most trusted brand of vitamins, and for good reason: in a rapidly growing marketplace, they set themselves apart with their industry-leading commitment to providing consumers with the purest, safest and most effective natural health solutions available.
Jamieson products have a worldwide reputation for purity and potency. The industry-leading commitment to quality, through their 360 Pure promise, guarantees that Jamieson products are of the highest quality available.
Average price range of $8-18 per product.