New Survey Shows Americans Prefer Education Over Restricted Access When It Comes to OTC Pain Medications
Results Also Reveal Many Older Adults Use OTC Medications to Relieve Pain
Washington, D.C., March 10, 2015 – A new survey of 1,600 Americans ages 18 and over found that adults overwhelmingly prefer education about the safe use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, particularly those containing acetaminophen, and disagree with restricting access to those same OTC medications as the alternative.
Approximately 100 million Americans live with persistent pain—more than those affected by diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Acetaminophen is a common ingredient in OTC medications used by millions of people to relieve their pain. Due to concerns regarding misuse and unintentional overdose of acetaminophen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has considered restricting access to some OTC medications containing acetaminophen, including the potential of requiring a prescription for products that are currently available OTC.