Boots throat lozenges: when 24÷3=12

Spotted on the back of a packet of Boots own-brand throat lozenges:

Adults and children over 6 years:
Suck one lozenge.
Dissolve the lozenge slowly in the mouth.
Repeat this dose every 3 hours, if needed, up to a maximum of 12 lozenges in 24 hours.
Do not exceed the stated dose.

I'm not a maths genius, but I do know that 24÷3=8. So why warn people not to exceed 12 lozenges in 24 hours?

And if people are going to disregard the first part of the instruction ("Repeat this dose every 3 hours, if needed"), what makes Boots think they will pay heed to the second part ("a maximum of 12 lozenges in 24 hours")?

4 comments:

Neil said...

As any respectable pharmacist should say:

1) Don't buy anything which is Boots' own brand
2) Don't waste money on a placebo!! Buy a cheap pack of cheap, generic, paracetamol (And take two up to four times a day and no more than 8 in 24 hours!!)

Blue said...

You know, there's stuff like that over here in the US as well.

JD said...

You know, I'm not surprised...

Anonymous said...

I just bought these, and they're making my throat feel worse, never again.