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Survey finds many Americans do not consider key safety factors when choosing OTC pain relievers

A recent survey1 conducted by the U.S. Pain Foundation, with support from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, found that 97% of Americans feel confident when choosing which type of over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines to take. However, the survey also revealed that many consumers disregard critical safety factors—such as their age, health conditions, and other medicines they are currently taking—when choosing an OTC pain reliever. In fact, results show that 1 in 5 Americans do not consider any of these important safety factors, and that could make a difference to their health because an OTC pain reliever that was right for someone in the past may not be the right choice for them now. That’s why it’s important to always check the Drug Facts label on OTC pain medicines to make sure that it is still a good fit. Click here to learn more about this from gold medalist and spokesperson Kerri Strug.

Reference: 1. In July 2016, the U.S.Pain Foundation, with support from Mcneil Consumer Healthcare, conducted a survey on American consumers' perceptions and behaviors when it comes to the appropriate selection and use of OTC pain relievers. The survey was conducted from June 24-July 5, 2016 among nearly 1,300 U.S. adults who have used an OTC pain reliever in the last 90 days. The survey included an oversampling of respondents with high blood pressure (n=125) and respondents who have cardiovascular disease (n=125).

 

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