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OTC Drugs

Tommy Huynh

Tommy Huynh

on 1 June 2010

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Do you know what pill you are taking? Over-The-Counter Drugs & Their Benefits Internship Business & Inventory

Understanding the role of the pharmacist

OTC consultations
Tommy Huynh
April 29, 2010
Georgia Gwinnett College
School of Science & Technology
BIOL 4800 - Internship
House of Lords in 1704

Food & Drug Administration

1972- Over-the-Counter Drug Review begun to enhance the safety, effectiveness and appropriate labeling of drugs sold without prescription.

Safe & Effective

Convenient without a prescription
History of OTC Drugs What do I take for a headache, muscle pain, or fever? Pharmacist recommends: Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Bayer Aspirin, Motrin

# One Choice - Advil or Tylenol What is the best thing for a runny nose, allergy, sneezing? Pharmacist recommends: Claritin, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Alavert, Sudafed

# One Choice - Claritin Misconceptions Common Problems with OTC Drugs

“OTC drugs and prescription drugs are the same.”

“OTC drugs are completely safe and there are no side effects.”

“I don’t need to read the label because the front already tells me what it’s for.”

“I take as much as I need to get better.”

“Give me the strongest thing for my ailment.”

“Is it really over-the counter?”
Step Therapy Depending on the severity


H2 blockers

Proton-Pump Inhibitors (PPi)
Drug Facts:

Active Ingredients
Purpose / Intended Use
Side Effects
Acetaminophen (APAP)
Diphenhydramine "Pills for Thought" Ask your local pharmacist


Self medication with education

Contact your doctor when necessary or for clarification
Sources http://www.netwellness.org/healthtopics/pharmacy/w6.cfm



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