Walmart brand “Equate” oral decongestant products with Phenylephrine DON’T work as intended.

Popular over-the-counter oral nasal decongestant products containing Phenylephrine, like what's in some Walmart Equate branded items, have recently been deemed "ineffective" by an FDA advisory panel.

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Walmart Equate Brand

What is Walmart's Equate Brand?

There are close to 29,000 products under Walmart’s private label brands, with “Equate” being one of the earlier brands established. Launched between 1993-1995, Equate brand has been used for many of Walmart’s over-the-counter medications, health and wellness products, and personal care items. Since inception, it has become one of the most popular private label brands in the United States.

Equate brand products are considered generic products and are significantly less expensive than the name-brands. For example, Equate Acetaminophen is basically the same thing as Tylenol, but it costs about a third of the price.

Why are Some Equate Nasal Decongestant Products Deemed Ineffective?

The FDA held a Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee meeting in September to review the efficacy of oral phenylephrine as a nasal decongestant. Phenylephrine is the active ingredient in a lot of popular nasal decongestant products. Some Equate products contain this ingredient. The FDA panel unanimously concluded that phenylephrine is ineffective and performed no better that a placebo pill when used orally. We wrote more about the studies done and the FDA’s conclusion HERE.

Which Equate Products are Affected by the FDA Panel's Conclusion?

Any Equate oral nasal decongestant product with the active ingredient of phenylephrine could be impacted by this new ruling. Examples of different Equate products affected include:

Options Available if You've Purchased Any of these Products

Our legal team is currently investigating over-the-counter oral nasal decongestant cases involving phenylephrine products. We have over 180 years of combined experience in the field, and have taken cases and represented clients from all over the United States. With proven results from our representation, we know how to fight for you and win.

If you feel you have been affected by negligence or the selling of a misrepresented Equate product by Walmart, you may be able to file a claim to secure the compensation you deserve for monetary losses. Contact us today to speak with a member of our team to review your case information.

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