Public awareness campaigns on antibiotic and OTC drug safety - Clinical Briefs - Brief Article

Author: Carrie Morantz, Brian Torrey
Date: Dec 15, 2003

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have launched a new public awareness campaign on antibiotic overuse.

The campaign, entitled "Get Smart," seeks to promote the appropriate use in the community of antibiotics for upper respiratory infections, and aims to increase knowledge and awareness of appropriate antibiotic use. Patient education materials are available free of charge online at

A similar campaign seeks to promote the safe and appropriate use of nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The campaign, entitled "Be MedWise," is spearheaded by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). Patient information materials in English and Spanish on choosing appropriate OTC medications are available free of charge online at http://www.bemedwise. org. Detailed information about the OTC drug facts label and how to compare products, learn about dosages, and understand information about specific warnings also is included.

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