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Hangover pill set to hit drug stores

Since man learned to crush grapes, hangovers have plagued the day after celebrations. In hopes of finding a cure, one Harvard graduate drew inspiration from her extracurricular activities.

When it comes to hangover remedies, everyone seems to have their own recipe: a double cheeseburger and a triple shot of espresso, a coke with orange juice, or a hair of the dog from the night before. The reasoning behind each concoction usually varies between pseudo-scientific ponderings and an old family secret. But after trying such tricks, most people under the weather just wish they could pop a pill and make it all better. Early next year, they might be in luck.

Blowfish, a dissolvable hangover tablet, is already being sold at the Ricky's drug store chain in New York City, with a national launch coming at the start of the year, reports ABC News. Unlike herbal remedies, which the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t control, Blowfish consists of FDA-approved ingredients like aspirin, caffeine and an antacid. As such, the FDA doesn’t have to approve the drug itself, although it oversees the drug’s production and packaging.

“It’s the only over-the-counter drug that’s specifically hangover related,” Blowfish creator Brenna Haysom told ABC News, adding that the FDA “has specifically said our formula is effective for treating hangover symptoms.” By taking two tablets the morning after a night out, drinkers don’t run the risk of forgetting to take it the night before, when many herbal remedies should be taken.

Haysom came up with the idea while studying at Harvard, where she earned an undergraduate degree and an MBA, but put the project on the hold over a seven-year tenure with a Manhattan private equity firm. “This product comes from personal experience,” Haysom told The New York Daily News, chuckling over a business dinner where she had a few too many and then had to give a presentation the next day. “The headache, being so tired, and then the upset stomach ... it definitely was a moment where I was like, there has got to be a better way.”

To find out, Haysom founded Rally Labs in 2010 and now fully stands behind Blowfish, even offering a money-back guarantee. If it indeed is so effective, some are concerned that its use could lead to excessive drinking. “I definitely don’t encourage people to get obliterated,” Haysom told The New York Daily News. “This is a really effective product for people who have a couple too many: A happy hour that goes a little long, or holiday parties are a perfect example … and they wake up feeling terrible. This gets you functioning again quickly.” Finding out when and how well it works will be a game of trial and error. But for those showing up to work the next day, taking two tablets is at least easier to explain away than bringing in a greasy cheeseburger for breakfast.


By Editor Will Cade