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Martin Lewis reveals simple trick will save you loads of money on medicine - and it only takes a few seconds

Mirror logo Mirror 11/07/2018 Courtney Pochin

a man posing for the camera: Martin Lewis © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Martin Lewis There's nothing worse than getting ill and having to fork out for expensive medicine.

Many of us opt for the big-name brands when feeling under the weather, trusting that they are the key to making us better.

But is that really the case?

Money saving expert, Martin Lewis has proved that it isn't.

Appearing on ITV's This Morning this week, the 46-year-old revealed something shocking about shop bought painkillers and other forms of medicine, such as cold and flu tablets.

He informed a stunned Holly and Phillip that they could be saving a fortune on medicine, and it's all because of clever marketing that they're not.

He said: "Big pharmaceutical companies spend millions of pounds promoting this 'go with the name you know', 'go with the name you know', and that's just baloney in most cases."

a woman taking a selfie: Female suffering from a cold / flu (Pic:Getty Images) © Provided by Getty Images Female suffering from a cold / flu (Pic:Getty Images)

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This is because the pills being sold by these companies are often exactly the same as the cheaper, own brand versions found in stores.

Martin then shared a simple way to find out if you could buy something for less.

The trick - simply to take a few seconds to check the back of the packets.

Each box is printed with a PL code , which is a unique licence number given to a particular drug by a manufacturer.

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Packets of Nurofen Plus © Provided by Credits: Reuters Packets of Nurofen Plus He said that if you compare the PL codes on a more expensive box, and a cheaper box, and they are the same - then the pills inside are also exactly the same.

"If they have an identical PL code, which is on the back of the packet, they are the same tablet. Not the same active ingredient, the same tablet."

Martin then went on to give an example of this, comparing a Beechams All In One cold and flu medicine to a Wilko version.

The Beechams medicine cost £4.99, while the Wilko one retailed at £1.85.

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After turning both packets over, the audience could see both packets contained the same PL number, meaning the medicine was exactly the same.

This Morning shared the clip to Facebook, where it has been watched over four million times.

People were shocked to discover they had been wasting money for years.

One user commented: "As if man, I knew they were pretty much the same, but the exact same?! Mental."

Another said: "Pharma companies should be ashamed of themselves."

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