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Learn about the uses, safety, and regulation of homeopathic medicines in the U.S.

Voluntary Codes and Guidelines

To help prevent accidental medication ingestions and overdoses in children, this document suggests ways to improve the consistency and standard format of volumetric measures within the dosing directions on the outer packaging and immediate container label.

Voluntary Codes and Guidelines

Manufacturers have developed an anti-smurfing educational program for the retail setting that is voluntary and offered to retailers at no cost. The intent is to educate potential illegal purchasers about related criminal penalties and how the real-time, stop-sale system works.

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If you have a flexible spending arrangement (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) you can now use these pre-tax savings for purchasing over-the-counter medicines.

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Learn about CHPA's current slate of federal legislative priorities including OTC regulatory reform, dietary supplement regulation modernization, supply chain and product integrity, and more.

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CHPA supports legislation that would prohibit the sale of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing dextromethorphan to teens under the age of 18.

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The foundation’s consumer-facing and mobile-friendly website, KnowYourOTCs.org, provides consumers with easily accessible information and guidance on how to safely use, store, and dispose of OTC products.

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Find information about the classes of drugs available in the United States and how uniformity is enforced across state lines.

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Safe use of acetaminophen is a top priority for manufacturers of OTC medicines. Manufacturers work closely with FDA, healthcare provider groups, pharmacist groups, and consumer health advocates to drive safe and responsible use of acetaminophen.

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