Influencers & Followers: Creating a Culture of OTC Medicine Safety and Connecting Communities with Resources

11:30 AM
12:45 PM


Common over-the-counter (OTC) medications remain a source for potential misuse that is underestimated by youths, parents, and older adults alike, and is often poorly understood by community partners. Recent research suggests youths and older adults have a low perception of harm for OTC medications, highlighting the need for increased awareness on medicine safety and the potential harm of misuse. Increased time at home over the past year has led to self-managed healthcare, and has made the coalition’s role in OTC Medicine Safety education of primary importance.

The OTC Medicine Safety Program has been proven to deliver high retention of learning objectives, which can help serve as a foundation for youths and other populations making healthy decisions related to medication. Coalitions can take simple, evidence-based actions to significantly impact individuals’ health behaviors in their communities.

Join us to gain background on some startling OTC misuse trends and what youths are saying about them, as well as to learn how to help the most vulnerable members of our community.

Learning Objectives

In this session:

  • Participants will learn the importance of OTC Medicine Safety education in helping youths, older adults, and other populations make healthy decisions.
  • Coalitions will be able to identify current trends in OTC misuse and how their coalitions can effectively raise awareness and perception of harm in their community.
  • Review the OTC Medicine Safety program and roll-out of new and enhanced features and resources.

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Elizabeth Pandya
Team Lead, Scientific Education & Patient Advocacy
Johnson & Johnson
Virgil Boysaw
Ashley Mayer
Assistant Brand Manager
Johnson & Johnson
Doug Rice