American Academy of Family Physicians Announces Publication of First Patient/Physician Guide on Over-the-Counter Medications
AAFP Embarks on Nationwide Education Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 17, 2002
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
Americans increasingly rely on non-prescription medications to treat minor conditions. More than 70 percent of American adults and about 50 percent of American children take over-the-counter medications in any given month.
The patient/physician education guide and accompanying Web-based material located at www.familydoctor.org include a description of the five main ingredients in the most common OTCs currently available, the effect they have on the body and organ systems, and potential side effects and adverse interactions with other OTCs and prescription medications.
“With the proliferation of OTCs and the increasing trend of patients toward self-care, family physicians are ideally positioned to help patients use OTCs correctly and to the best benefit,” said Warren A. Jones, M.D., president of the AAFP. “By offering information to both doctors and patients, we contribute to a better informed and, in turn, healthier society.”
The guide, entitled “Appropriate Use of Common OTC Analgesics and Cough and Cold Medications,” was written by Susan L. Montauk, M.D., professor of clinical family medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Peter H. Rheinstein, M.D., J.D., M.S., senior vice president of medical and clinical affairs at Cell Works, Inc. in Baltimore. The guide also features patient handouts in Spanish.
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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents more than 93,500 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical specialty organization devoted solely to primary care. Please visit www.aafp.org for more information about the AAFP.
Editor’s note: “Appropriate Use of Common OTC Analgesics and Cough and Cold Medications” was made possible by an educational grant from McNeil Consumer Healthcare.
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
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