Broad Snapshot of Medication Use in Ambulatory U.S. Population Published

A detailed snapshot of Americans' medication use (prescription, OTC and dietary supplements) found that 81% used at least one medicine in the previous week; 50% took at least one Rx drug and 7% took five or more drugs. The four most frequently-used medicines were all OTCs, with acetaminophen ranking number one. The authors, whose study is in JAMA (Jan. 16), urge clinicians to ask about patients' use of dietary supplements, in particular, to help identify those at risk for potential interactions.