OTC Drugs are Convenient and Effective When Used Properly

Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are a readily-available and convenient solution when consumers search for relief from common ailments like aches, pains, coughs, colds, fevers, allergies and heartburn. However, OTC drugs must be used appropriately, as incorrect dosages and complications with other drugs can have negative consequences. Pharmacists are in a prime position to counsel consumers about their OTC drug choices and to ensure that they use them safely. The New York Times article by Jane E. Brody references the 2001 Attitudes and Beliefs About Over-the- Counter Medicines: A National Opinion Survey Conducted for The National Council on Patient Information and Education. Click here to learn more about the 2001 consumer and healthcare professional surveys.