By Jeremy Morris, Associate Editor, US Daily Review.
U.S. News & World Report, a leading publisher of quality rankings, and Pharmacy Times, a trade publication for the pharmacy industry, have announced the 2012-2013 list of top pharmacist-recommended over-the-counter (OTC) health products for consumers.
Top Recommended Health Products identifies pharmacists’ go-to brands in approximately 150 categories, from head (migraine, allergy relief, and cough/cold) to toe (joint pain and foot cream). Some of the No. 1 pharmacist-recommended products include:
|Acid reducers:||Prilosec OTC|
|Oral arthritis pain relievers:||Aleve|
|Pregnancy tests:||First Response|
See all Top Health Products here: http://usnews.com/tophealthproducts
Why rate health products? Americans are increasingly relying on the Web–and each other–to make everyday health decisions, such as which headache medication to buy. But pharmacists possess a wealth of knowledge, largely untapped by consumers, about which over-the-counter products are best suited to a particular health need. Top Recommended Health Products brings the collective recommendations of thousands of pharmacists directly to consumers.
“We hope to make that trip to the drugstore a little more informed and a little less confusing,” says Lindsay Lyon, Senior Editor of Health & Wellness at U.S. News & World Report.
In gathering OTC data, Pharmacy Times conducted a proprietary annual survey that reaches a significant portion of the publication’s 170,000 pharmacist readers to collect feedback about more than 1,000 OTC products. In addition to publication on the U.S. News website, the list of No. 1 pharmacist-recommended products is published by Pharmacy Times at www.otcguide.net and in the annual OTC Guide print edition available this month.
“Pharmacists are in the unique position to help consumers make educated choices about which over-the-counter products best meet their needs,” said Tighe Blazier, President of Pharmacy Times. “By working with U.S. News & World Report, we’re thrilled to be able to bring this expertise to consumers.”