Spend Less Time in the Cold and Flu Aisle with a New OTC Medication App

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New mobile app OTC Plus puts the entire medicine aisle in the palm of your hands without reading a lot of labels. The app helps clear up any confusion on symptoms or side-effects, all while finding the best bargain.

I think it's the future of how we look at medication labels.

The mobile app OTC Plus was designed to simplify the over-the-counter medication purchase. By offering users a fast reference on everything from symptoms to side-effects, it serves as a quick point of reference for most medications on both Android and iPhone. With the cold and flu season starting a bit earlier this year, using a mobile app offers an additional benefit over relying on labels.

“To be honest, I don't like handling a lot of products in the cold and flu aisle myself,” says OTC Plus developer Myo Sandar Nwe. "A lot of sick people have filtered through there, and most boxes have probably been handled by several others by the time a customer decides to buy it."

Nwe says with OTC Plus, you're able to find out all of the same pertinent information with just a few clicks. "It also allows you to compare several different choices before you even arrive at the store,” she adds. “I think it's the future of how we look at medication labels.”

According to Nwe, the app expects heavier traffic during the coming cold and flu season. The unusually cold November swept across much of the country and ushered in an early spike of people with colds and the flu.

Nwe says she and her team designed the app to be extremely user friendly, allowing even less savvy phone users to easily navigate to their data. The goal, she says, was “easy to read, easy to operate.”

"We really wanted to design an app that could help users each and every time they visit a pharmacy," Nwe explains. "Whether they have a skin rash or an upset stomach, it's always better to be informed about precisely what you need.”

The OTC Plus app will also point users to discounts or promotions they might have otherwise overlooked. Nwe says the amount of money lost each year by not utilizing such offers is staggering.

OTC Plus is available through the Android or Apple App Store.

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