SOURCE: McNeil Consumer Healthcare

McNeil Consumer Healthcare

September 21, 2016 11:27 ET

Survey: Americans Disregarding Key Safety Factors When Choosing Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 21, 2016) - It may be a pain but considering all safety factors when picking over-the-counter (OTC) medicines could be a lifesaver.

Just in time for Pain Awareness Month, a new survey, conducted by The U.S. Pain Foundation conducted the survey, with support from McNeil Consumer Healthcare finds that one in five people do not consider any key safety factors when choosing an over-the-counter pain reliever. And with nine out of ten Americans relying on OTCs to manage their pain it's more important than ever that people take into account other medicines they're taking, any current health conditions, and their age before heading to the medicine cabinet for relief.

Other findings include:

  • Nearly half (45%) do not consider the prescription medicines they are currently taking
  • More than half (58%) do not consider their pre-existing health conditions
  • Two in three (65%) do not consider other OTC medicines they are taking
  • Three out of four (73%) of those 60 and over do not consider their age.

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An initiative developed by McNeil Consumer Healthcare to educate consumers about the appropriate use of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and help them safely choose, use, store, and dispose of OTC medicines for themselves and their loved ones.

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