Statement from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Regarding Prolonged Use of Analgesics Among Men

Washington, D.C. (February 28, 2007)—Following is a statement by Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A., president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), regarding the study published yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine about the correlation between prolonged use of analgesics and elevated hypertension among men:

"The report published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine reminds us all to read and follow the label on all over-the-counter medicines. While this report speaks to the importance of responsible and safe medicine use, it is worth noting that this study appears to solely look at chronic use of analgesics. OTC analgesics are safe and effective when used for short-term, episodic use, as indicated on the label, and are not intended for chronic use unless otherwise instructed by a physician. In fact, a 2006 analysis of several previous studies researched by London’s National Heart and Lung Institute concluded that short–term use of analgesics is not associated with a significant increase in blood pressure.

"CHPA member companies remain dedicated to helping consumers better understand how to safely take these medicines and to consult their doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider should they have any questions. Over-the-counter medicines provide patients with a host of convenient and cost effective healthcare solutions, but like all medicines, have real risks if misused.

"We take very seriously the safe use of OTC medicines and continue our efforts to address this challenge through our educational foundation, the Consumer Health Education Center, where consumers can access and order free materials on over-the-counter medicine safety at  www.checforbetterhealth.org."

Contacts: Elizabeth Assey and Virginia Cox, 202.429.9260


CHPA is the 126-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements.