Over-the-counter (OTC) heartburn medications save the U.S. healthcare system $757 million each year -- by reducing office visits, Nielsen and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) reported in a study released on January 26th.
At an individual level, OTC heartburn remedies save the average American $174 each year -- in office visits and medication costs.
Nielsen and CHPA's joint study also found that 94% of all patients report being satisfied with available OTC heartburn medications.
More than half (61%) of consumers surveyed by Nielsen and CHPA reported treating their heartburn without discussing symptoms with a healthcare provider, a finding that underscores the importance of educating consumers about safe and effective OTC heartburn treatments.
View the full press release here.