P-test verification of Equate cold tablets and comparison with Alka-Seltzer

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Producers of generic brands offer cosmetics, medicines and other goods in competition with name brands, often at a lower price point. This lower cost may reflect a lack of research, development, and advertising costs, but should never imply lower quality, especially in the case of over-the-counter drugs. As an example, Equate (a Walmart brand) effervescent cold tablets promise customers the same active ingredients in the same proportions and with identical effectiveness as Alka-Seltzer, at a much lower price. This Application Note demonstrates that Raman spectroscopy can successfully verify that these competing cold tablets are not identical. The process of ingredient verification involves a p- test, which measures the acceptable variability of a sample spectrum, as compared to a representative training set.