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Pharmacists Reveal Top Over-The-Counter Product Recommendations
Date:4/23/2013

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and Pharmacy Today recently published the results of the 2012 Pharmacy Today Over-the-Counter Product Survey. The survey reveals the over-the-counter (OTC) products pharmacists are recommending most often to their patients. Because there are over 300,000 marketed OTC drug products, it is critical that patients consult their pharmacist to maximize the benefits from these medications and minimize the potential for harmful drug interaction and/or side effects.

Recipients of the 2012 survey were asked to write in approximately how many times per week they had recommended each OTC product. A series of 77 product categories were divided into three groups of questions, each of which was sent to one-third of participants. The survey was conducted in September and October 2012 and published as a supplement to the March 2013 edition of Pharmacy Today. It was completed by over 1,000 practicing community pharmacists who are recipients of Pharmacy Today.

The March 2013 Pharmacy Today OTC Supplement provides the results from the 2012 OTC Survey and a selection of articles and editorial on recent OTC product studies and data about the safe-use of these medications. This information helps pharmacists recommend the best OTC products to optimize patient health outcomes. The recent supplement contained articles on emerging data on the benefits of aspirin therapy; the public health benefits and appropriate use guidelines for at-home HIV tests; the potential of adverse effects from OTC eye drop and nasal spray usage in children; and information about fruit juice interactions with OTC and prescription medications.

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