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White Paper: Assessing Consumer Benefits of Allergy Rx-to-OTC Switches

Posted: March 15, 2017 in Access, Affordability, Empowerment, Trust

This study focuses on assessing the overall consumer benefits of allergy Rx-to-OTC switches. The study identifies how the treatment dynamics of allergy sufferers have changed over the years as more OTC options have become available, including how they have benefitted in terms of costs and quality-of-life, and how healthcare insurance provider costs have changed as more OTCs have entered the market.

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White Paper: Managing Access to Dextromethorphan: Cost Implications of a Potential Over-the-Counter

Posted: February 13, 2017 in Access

This paper quantifies various costs that would result if products with DXM were converted from OTC to Rx.

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Brochure: Over-the-Counter Visual Narrative

Posted: December 5, 2013 in Access, Affordability, Empowerment, Trust

Visually depicts the impact and value of OTCs to American families and the U.S. healthcare system.

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Over-the-Counter Medication Behaviors of Older Adults

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Empowerment, Trust

In April 2013, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, in partnership with the Gerontological Society of America, called together experts from academia, industry, government, and medical practice to participate in the National Summit on OTC Medication Behaviors of Older Adults. The summit reviewed existing research regarding OTC medication use by older adults for the purpose of identifying gaps and prioritizing research needs to create solutions that ensure the safe and effective use by older adults. This white paper serves as a summary of the summit and includes the following areas of focus: OTC medication literacy, the perceptual and cognitive basis of OTC medication decision making, the interface between clinical and family care in OTC medication use, and technologies to support optimal OTC medication use.

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Video: OTC Medicines: Taking Your Health Into Your Own Hands

Posted: March 22, 2013 in Access, Affordability, Empowerment, Trust

The story of the many ways OTC medicines help consumers take their health into their own hands is an important one for American families, as well as healthcare professionals and the healthcare system overall. This new video highlights how – from head to toe – OTC medicines are the trusted first line of treatment for millions of us. They are also highly trusted by healthcare professionals as safe and effective treatments to recommend to their patients for a range of healthcare needs.

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White Paper: Understanding Trust in OTC Medicines:Consumer and Healthcare Provider Perspectives

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Empowerment, Trust

Healthcare providers and consumers agree — OTC medicines are the preferred first line of treatment to alleviate a range of symptoms. This white paper presents the findings and conclusions of the most important factors that drive trust for consumers and healthcare providers in OTC medicines.

The importance of OTC medicines to ensuring a robust self-care environment for individuals and families to effectively manage their day-to-day health, as well as safe and reliable treatments for healthcare providers to recommend to their patients, will only continue as the demand for access to trusted and affordable healthcare options grows.

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Understanding Trust in OTC Medicines Survey Research

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Trust

Nieslen and IMS research findings from the new survey Understanding Trust in Over-the-Counter Medicines: Consumer and Healthcare Provider Perspectives.  

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CHPA Release: New Data Shows Reliability and Efficacy Fuel Trust and Preference for OTC Options

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Trust

Nearly 98 percent of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists trust and recommend over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to their patients, according to a new survey released today by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA). The survey conducted by Nielsen and IMS, on behalf of CHPA, explores insights into healthcare providers’ and consumers’ trust in OTC medicines.

The survey, Understanding Trust in OTC Medicines: Consumer and Healthcare Provider Perspectives, uncovers key factors that drive trust in OTC medicines for both consumers and healthcare providers. Both reported the most important factors in determining trust are that an OTC medicine will work consistently and is as effective as a prescription. Highlights from the survey include:

  • For a range of illnesses, 8 in 10 consumers use OTC medicines to relieve their symptoms without having to see a healthcare professional;
  • More than two-thirds of consumers prefer to use OTC medicines instead of a prescription when available;
  • Nearly three-fourths of primary care physicians recommend OTC medicines to relieve symptoms before recommending a prescription treatment; and
  • 84 percent of consumers say they trust their healthcare provider’s advice on what OTC medicine they should take or give to others.

Read the white paper for the Understanding Trust in OTC Medicines: Consumer and Healthcare Provider Perspectives here.


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