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know title is part of a broad-based public education campaign that was established in January 2002 by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) to promote safe and appropriate use of over-the-counter medicines. The newest phase of the campaign features the Be MedWise Prescription for Taking OTC Medicines, issued by Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H to encourage consumers to ask their pharmacist or doctor about the selection and appropriate use of OTC medicines. The Surgeon General's "OTC prescription" will be the centerpiece of a pharmacy-based education campaign that reaches consumers when they are thinking about nonprescription medicines and making their purchasing decisions.

Click on the links below to download campaign materials.

Press Kit

NEW - September 2003
>> Backgrounder: The "Drug Facts" Label
>> Fact Sheet: The Be MedWise Campaign
>> Fact Sheet: About NCPIE
>> Fact Sheet on Over-the-Counter Statistics

Remarks by the U.S. Surgeon General About OTC Medicines

September 10, 2003
>> Remarks By: Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S. U.S. Surgeon General

Surgeon General's Remarks/Warning The Surgeon General's Be Med Wise “Prescription” Read the Surgeon General's Statement (PDF)

News Releases

>> Surgeon General Calls on Public To “Be MedWise” About Over-the-Counter Medicines - September 2003

>> Pharmacists/Health Professionals Mobilize To Encourage Americans to "Be MedWise" About Over-the-Counter Medicines - August 2002

>> Back-To-School Is Also Time to Think About Giving Children OTC Medicines Correctly - August 2002

>> May 2002

>> January 2002


>> Television - 2003
>> Television - 2002
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OTC Surveys

>> Findings of a 2003 National Opinion Survey Conducted for The National Council on Patient Information and Education - September 2003

>> A Dose of Reality: A National Survey of American Consumers and Health Professionals - January 2002

>> A Dose of Reality: Executive Summary - January 2002

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