OTC Pain Reliever Initiative Is Launched

JULY 01, 2004

The National Consumers League and the FDA unveiled a new public education campaign on OTC pain relievers, called "Take With Care." The purpose of the campaign, launched June 10, 2004, is to alert Americans to the most common medication errors associated with taking OTC pain relievers. Among those errors is taking too much of a single product or combining OTC pain relievers with certain prescription drugs. The campaign also will identify underlying health conditions where special precautions need to be taken when using OTC pain relievers.

A study, reported recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that 80% of American adults claim that they take an OTC pain reliever at least once a week. Furthermore, 82% of women said that they have used a nonprescription drug to treat at least 1 minor health problem, compared with 71% of men.