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Surveying OTC Drug Use Perceptions

Surveying OTC Drug Use Perceptions

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, about 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, an incidence rate that is higher than the combined number of people living with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. The total annual incremental cost of healthcare due to pain ranges from $560 billion to $635 billion in the United States. “Many chronic pain sufferers use over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for relief, but these therapies can sometimes be associated with serious side effects, such as stomach bleeding, ulcers, and liver damage, among other complications,” says Byron Cryer, MD.   A Gut Check Recently, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) released findings of its Gut Check: Know Your Medicine survey, which was conducted online by Harris Poll in 2015 among 1,015 U.S. adults aged 30 and older, including 479 who currently experience chronic pain, as well as 251 U.S. gastroenterologists. The AGA’s educational campaign, which was sponsorship supported by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, was designed to motivate and encourage individuals to engage in the safe use of pain medicine. According to the survey results, two of every three chronic pain sufferers have been experiencing pain for 2 years or longer, but only about one in 10 has been diagnosed with chronic pain by a healthcare professional. About 43% of chronic pain sufferers reported knowing that they have taken more than the recommended dose of an OTC medication at some point.  Many of these patients believed the labeled directions on OTC pain drugs are just guidelines, and another 43% stated they knew what works best for them. In addition, 38% of consumers were unaware that combining two or...
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