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Analysis of Over-the-Counter Drugs—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP5603 

Price: $70.00

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With the Analysis of Over-the-Counter Drugs Laboratory Kit for biochemistry and consumer science, learn to analyze and identify over-the-counter (OTC) drugs including popular pain relievers, such as aspirin, Excedrin® and more.

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Learn to analyze and identify over-the-counter (OTC) drugs including popular pain relievers, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, Bufferin® and Excedrin® and common antacids. Students test a variety of physical and chemical properties of actual OTC drug samples, then use their test results to analyze unknown pain reliever and antacid samples. Teacher Notes and reproducible student handouts included. Over-the-counter drug samples—pain relievers and antacids—and specialized equipment are provided in the kit. Fifteen 24-well reaction plates are required and available separately.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. 


Materials Included in Kit: 
Acetaminophen tablets, bottle of 20
Acid Controller Complete, 4 tablets
Alka-Seltzer® tablets, pkg/2, 5
Antacid tablets, bottle of 20
Aspirin tablets, bottle of 20
Bufferin® tablets, bottle of 20
Excedrin® tablets, bottle of 20
Hydrochloric acid solution, 0.5 M, 125 mL
Ibuprofen tablets, bottle of 20
Iron(III) nitrate solution, 0.2 M, 125 mL
Universal indicator solution, 100 mL
Hydrion® 1–12 pH test strips, 2
Pipet, Beral-type, thin stem, 60
Toothpicks, wood, box/250

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data
Planning and carrying out investigations

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts


Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
HS-PS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to gather evidence to compare the structure of substances at the bulk scale to infer the strength of electrical forces between particles.