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Why is ibuprofen almost always burnt-red? Why is acetaminophen either white or red/white?

Asked by elbanditoroso (22237points) July 7th, 2014

It doesn’t seem to matter who the manufacturer is – Ibuprofen almost always is brick red. Acetominophen is usually white (or sometimes red/white capsules although I have seen red-white-light blue).

Either the same company is manufacturing for everyone or there is some standard about what color OTC meds have to be.

Why is this? Who sets the standard?

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