Conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the CHPA Educational Foundation in February 2015 among 2,002 U.S. adults 18 and older who have used or purchased oral OTC medicines in the last six months, the survey shows that the vast majority of adults are using OTC medicines safely and appropriately, in particular with regards to checking labels for example for information such as ingredients and age restrictions. They also look out for expiration dates, and they speak with a healthcare professional when they have questions and concerns. The survey found among other things that:
- Most adults (91%) read any portion of the label at least sometimes when using OTCs for themselves or a child
- 8 out of 10 adults with children under 18 in the household (79%) always read any portion of the label when giving OTCs to a child
- 3 in 4 consumers (75%) review the ingredients on the labels of OTC medicines before using to see if any other medications they may be taking also have those ingredients
- 96% of adults check the label to make sure the medicine is appropriate for the children’s age in their household
- 84% of consumers say they check the expiration date on an OTC medicine label at least sometimes when using for themselves
- More than 6 in 10 consumers (62%) say they consult with a healthcare professional if they are going to use an OTC medicine other than how it is directed on the label
For more information about the survey, please visit CHPA’s website.