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Brian McNamara New Chair of WSMI

The Board of Directors of WSMI has elected Mr Brian McNamara, CEO Consumer Healthcare, Glaxo SmithKline, as the new WSMI Chair with immediate effect.Mr. McNamara succeeds Mr. Suneet Varma of Pfizer who stepped down from his role as WSMI Chair following his appointment as Global President of a division within Pfizer’s ethical pharmaceutical business.The Board [...]

Global Study: Men’s Health Perceptions from around the Globe

The results of the survey show that 87 % of men want to take a more proactive role in managing their health and that as many as 6 out of 7 men are confident in managing their own health and feel like they know what to do when they have a health problem. These findings [...]

US Study Links OTC Heartburn Medications to Significant Decreases in the Need for Doctor Visits

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, concluded  that the Rx-to-OTC switch of the first proton pump inhibitor medication in 2003 was temporally associated with a significant decrease in the trend of physician visit rates for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as heartburn, in multiple outpatient health care environments in the United [...]

11th WSMI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Nagoya, Japan, 13-14 October 2016

Japan's society is ageing and the health system has to undergo a structural reform in order to remain sustainable. Several interesting initiatives undertaken by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and by non-prescription medicines manufacturers to help patients and consumers to safely practice self-care and self-medication were discussed at the 11th WSMI Asia-Pacific [...]

WSMI applauds new switch regulation in Brazil

ANVISA, the Brazilian medicines regulatory authority, has issued a resolution which sets new criteria for the classification of medicines, including non-prescription medicines. There are seven criteria that a medicine must meet in order to be sold without a prescription. Those criteria include (1) how long the product has been on the market, as a prescription [...]

“Self-Care in the Twenty First Century: A Vital Role for the Pharmacist” published on-line in Advances in Therapy

This article discusses the increasing role of self-care and self-medication in the modern healthcare landscape, with a focus on the role of the pharmacist in helping consumers manage minor ailments without relying on costly and time-consuming physician visits for conditions that can be self-managed. Heartburn and regurgitation is given as an example of a generally [...]

Potential savings from Self Care: the paracetamol example in the UK

In many countries around the globe, people tend to turn to the doctor for prescriptions of medicines which can easily be purchased directly from the pharmacy or convenience store. This impacts negatively national health expenditures. In a country like the UK, in one year, doctors write as many as 22,900,000 prescriptions for paracetamol, costing tax [...]

Launch of the White Ribbon Alliance Policy Brief on Self-Care

On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the White Ribbon Alliance “Every Woman, Every Child” commitment to strengthen self-care as a means to achieve global maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) goals, and of the high level political forum, the White Ribbon Alliance has launched a policy brief with global, national and district-level recommendations [...]