When you’re really sick, the prospect of opening up a packet of medicine and mixing it with hot water into a soothing elixir sounds like hard work. Thankfully, Refinery 29 reports, CVS Health just announced a new product that’s designed for the days you can barely get out of bed: cold medicine packaged in single-serve pods for Keurig coffee machines.
The pods contain your typical CVS-brand cold and flu medicine, so don’t expect a new-and-improved version of your standard pharmacy staple. The real genius lies in its packaging: Simply pop one of the capsules into your Keurig, and within a minute you’ll have a soothing, warm drink that eases your sore throat and sinus congestion.
If you’re familiar with Theraflu’s single-serve packets of powdered cold medicine, which dissolve into a mug of hot water, you know that the idea of an easy-to-make flu brew isn’t a new one. But according to a CVS press release, they’re the first company to offer medicine in Keurig form, The Huffington Post reports.
Dr. Mohamed Jollah, a spokesperson for the American Pharmacists Association, told HuffPost that K-Cup cold medicine might soon become a trend. “This is going to make it easier for people to take cold medicine, especially if they have trouble swallowing whole pills,” Jollah said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if other companies follow suit.” Plus, studies show that drinking hot liquids helps provide relief from runny noses, coughing, sneezing, and sore throats.
The new pods are now available for purchase in all CVS stores for around $10 per package. Cold and flu season is swiftly approaching, so if you own a Keurig machine, stock up for a rainy day. And if you want to make your machine do double duty on a sick day, consider pairing a dose of CVS's new cold medicine with a soothing bowl of K-Cup chicken soup.
[h/t Refinery 29]
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