CHPA/FDA Information Brochure Stresses the Importance of Treating OTC Medicines with Respect

Popular Publication Now Available in Spanish

Washington, D.C. (January 8, 2004)—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched the first-ever bilingual edition of their most popular joint consumer education brochure, Over-the-Counter Medicines: What’s Right for You? The original English-language version of the publication has been revised and updated and translated into Spanish with the goal of reaching the Hispanic community, the fastest-growing minority population in the United States.

“The core platform of all of CHPA’s educational programming is to effectively communicate to American consumers the importance of using over-the-counter [OTC] medicines safely and responsibly,” said CHPA President Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A. “We make every effort to convey these important messages to as many segments of our nation’s population as possible, which obviously includes the Latino community.”

Over-the-Counter Medicines: What’s Right for You? / Medicamentos sin receta: ¿Cuál es adecuado para usted? is a combined publication that offers advice for both English- and Spanish-speaking consumers on a variety of healthcare issues. It includes information on the importance of reading OTC medicine labels, avoiding drug interactions, using OTCs while pregnant or nursing, treating children with OTCs, being alert to signs of product tampering, and other helpful tips.

There are approximately 37.5 million Hispanic citizens currently residing in the United States. Some reports estimate that this number may climb to as high as 56 million by the year 2010.

“Taking charge of your own health is a freedom in this country that should not be restricted or overlooked simply due to language barriers,” said Associate FDA Commissioner for External Relations Peter J. Pitts. “FDA makes a concerted effort to ensure that the Spanish-speaking community has access to quality healthcare information just like the English-speaking community. We hope that this brochure on OTC medicines will show that regardless of the language, OTC medicines must be treated with care and respect.”

Up to 100 copies of Over-the-Counter Medicines: What’s Right for You? / Medicamentos sin receta: ¿Cuál es adecuado para usted? may be ordered through CHPA’s publication line at (202) 429-3529 or from the “Publications” section of

Contacts: FDA – Mandy Eisemann 301.827.1670
CHPA – Donna Edenhart 202.429.9260

CHPA is the 123-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplement products.