The customer discovers a generic label under the brand label

A woman spotted a generic Walgreens brand label under a brand label on a nasal spray in a viral TikTok.

In a 15-second clip, TikTok user Kyrstyn (@.kyrstyn) reveals to her followers how Walgreens is changing its name.

“If anyone needs proof that they just rebranded, look at this,” she says. She then takes out a nasal spray and presses the packaging, peeling off the plastic label and revealing another label underneath.

“Don’t worry about me, I’m sick. But anyway just buy the private label it’s the same,” she captioned the video.

@.kyrstyn Don’t bother me, I’m sick. But anyway, just buy the private label, it’s the same. #rebranding #tricksofthetrade #itsallthesame #fypシ゚viral ♬ original sound – Kyrstyn

The Daily Dot has contacted Kyrstyn via TikTok comment and Walgreens via press email regarding the video. The video was viewed over 645,000 times as of March 5, with viewers claiming that products from different brands are usually made by reputable companies in the same facility and contain the same active ingredients.

“Most branded and private label items are made in the exact same facility, it’s just a label change,” claimed one viewer.

“The trademark will always be the same active ingredient, but check the inactive ones. Often other binders or additional colorants,” said a second.

“Well most of the well known brands do the off brands lol you think they prefer to buy separate containers,” said a third.

Others shared their experiences working for companies that rebrand off-brand products.

“My husband and I worked in a cheese factory. They literally put the same cheese in different company packaging,” one person shared.

“When I was working at rite aid a customer brought up a bottle of a well known brand of olive oil and pointed out that when the label was peeled off there was a dg label underneath,” commented a second.

“Took this for candles took mainstay from walmart candles removed label and put cheap dollar tree logo where i worked many years ago,” wrote a third.

According to the FDA, drugs are essentially the same as their brand-name counterparts: “A generic drug must be the same in dosage, safety, efficacy, strength, stability, and quality as a brand-name drug in the manner in which it is absorbed.” Generics also have the same risks and benefits as their branded products.”


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*Initial publication: March 5, 2023 2:49 pm CST

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