Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are trusted, safe, and effective treatments that empower people to take a responsible, “hands on” approach in making their everyday health a top priority. When a minor illness strikes in the middle of the night, OTC medicines enable families to conveniently seek relief they can count on for their children and for themselves, either by turning to their medicine cabinet or running to the local pharmacy or store.
Healthcare professionals also recognize the importance of OTC medicines and often recommend them to patients along with prescription medications. When stored and used as directed, OTC medicines are effective in providing effective relief for everyday ailments and helping to address personal health and wellness issues like smoking cessation, weight management, and good oral health.
Recognizing the vital role that OTC medicines play in the health of American families, The American College of Preventative Medicine (ACPM) provides the most-up-to-date information for physicians for the treatment of their patients through their Over-The-Counter Medications Time Tool, which includes a guide for patients as well.
- Consumers learn the specifics about their OTC medications and report use to their physicians.
- Physicians routinely ask their patients "What OTC medicines do you take daily, on occasion, never, and why?”
Consumers and medical professionals may visit the American College of Preventative Medicine website for more information about the clinical benefits and safe use of OTC medicines.
News & Resources
- White Paper: Assessing Consumer Benefits of Allergy Rx-to-OTC Switches
- Pfizer: The Value of OTC Medicines
- Brochure: Over-the-Counter Visual Narrative
- Over-the-Counter Medication Behaviors of Older Adults
- Video: OTC Medicines: Taking Your Health Into Your Own Hands
- White Paper: Understanding Trust in OTC Medicines:Consumer and Healthcare Provider Perspectives
- Understanding Trust in OTC Medicines Survey Research
- CHPA Release: New Data Shows Reliability and Efficacy Fuel Trust and Preference for OTC Options
- CMPI Release: Cough Medicine Consumer Insights National Survey
- Value Study: Independent White Paper on Value of OTC Medicine to the United States