Buy Generic Zyrtec(R) Cheap - 14 for $1.00
You probably thought this was by a spammer looking to sell worthless drugs. No, its a story about an anomoly in the world of fixed price retailing, private label goods, bulk drug manufacturing, and dumping. I'd been taking ChlorTrimeton for 40 years during the allergy season, but time marches on. Ever since the insurance companies got the second generation antihistamines made OTC (over the counter) so they wouldn't have to pay for them, I've been looking to a good one at a fair price. Cetirizine Hydrochloride, 10 mg works best for me by actual test (read: experimenting with drugs). The patent for Zyrtec expired in 2007, but they are still pricy at retail. Walgreen wants $14.99 for 14 Zyrtec, and $10.99 for their generic knockoff. At Dollar Tree, that great chain store emporium of Chinese-made goods, hopelessly watered down cleaning products, and shrinking candy bars, I came across a box of 14 Cetirizine Hydrochloride, 10 mg. tablets. The distributor was listed as Greenbrier International, which is an A/K/A for Dollar Tree. I took one, and found they worked (for me at least) as well as Zyrtec.
Having had nothing better to do on a Sunday, I went to see if I could find out where they were made. With some chain drug stores now selling Indian-made Cetirizine Hydrochloride at high prices, I began to suspect China. After a lot of sleuthing, I am 99% percent certain the drug itself is manufactured in New York State. The manufacturer has an ANDA to manufacture it. It is nicely packaged, with child-resistant blister packaging.
While it is Dollar Tree's 'Assured' house brand, I don't want to publish any more that that, for I think they are giving it away at that price, and don't want to jeopardize the supply. I found one other distributor that is distributing it as a generic, and suspect there are a few more. They are selling it for more than $1 a box. The mnufacturer and/or packager may be selling to Dollar Tree near or at cost (dumping) to generate enough volume to run off a batch for the other distributors as well.
While places like Dollar Tree sell cheap goods at low prices, every so often you find a true bargain there.