The generic loperamide HTC anti-diarrheal product distributed by LNK International of Hauppauge, NY, takes the prize when it comes to cruelty in packaging. LNK is, by the way, the manufacturer of the store brand “Equate” OTC drugs sold at Wal-Mart.
Anyone who’s deals with upset tummy issues, with miserable bouts of diarrhea, knows how urgently that little aqua Immodium-like tablet is needed. When you need them, you need them fast. You want to ingest these pills as soon as possible, hopefully in time to stave off another worried dash to the restroom.
Normally, manufacturers of these tiny, blister-packed helpers include a small perforated strip which facilitates the removal of the packaging. But not LNK, oh no. With their brand, you’d better have some sort of sharp implement with you. Check out the directions on the back of the blister-packed tablets:
Is this packaging some kind of sick joke? Who the heck carries scissors in the pocket or purse?They obviously can make perforations, since they included them for the purpose of separating the packaging into individual portions. Why did they not carry it a step further so people could actually get the pills out of the plastic without resorting to the use of blades?
And, no, you can’t simply push the pills through the cardboard packaging. There is some sort of untearable layer in there, one I think is made out of the same tiles NASA uses to protect the space shuttles during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.
They do know people need this stuff in a hurry, right?