Over-the-Counter Drugs

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Health Care Products: Over-the-Counter Drugs
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Steve Debenport

Americans routinely use over-the-counter (OTC) products—from cough and cold medicines to sunscreens—to treat and protect their health. These medications carry risks of their own, and when new or previously unknown safety issues emerge, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must be able to respond quickly. That’s often challenging under the agency’s current OTC oversight system, which regulates more than 300,000 products.

Pew is working to strengthen and streamline FDA’s oversight of OTC drugs so that the agency can swiftly address safety risks and protect consumers’ health.

Over-the-counter regulation reform
Over-the-counter regulation reform
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Pew and the American Academy of Pediatrics Outline Principles for Over-the-Counter Drug Regulation Reform

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Pew and the American Academy of Pediatrics Outline Principles for Over-the-Counter Drug Regulation Reform

Americans routinely turn to over-the-counter (OTC) drugs to treat a wide variety of ailments, from coughs to stomachaches. And they have a growing number of choices: The OTC market now includes more than 300,000 products, with annual sales of $32 billion. But the framework for evaluating these medications, established in 1972, has not kept pace with scientific discovery, putting consumers at risk and slowing innovation of OTC drugs.

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