WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and information, and Pharmacy Times, the leading media resource for the pharmacy industry, today released the 2016 Top Recommended Health Products. Consumers and health care professionals can visit U.S. News Health and www.otcguide.net to see the collective recommendations of thousands of pharmacists for more than 1,100 over-the-counter brands, representing over 150 product categories.
As the summer travel season begins, the 2016 list of top-recommended over-the-counter products helps prepare consumers to stay healthy during any getaway. Returning top-ranked recommended products for vacationers include:
- Sunscreen – Neutrogena
- Antihistamines (Allergy) – Claritin
- Pain, Oral Anti-inflammatory – Advil
- Pediatrics, Pain Relief – Tylenol
- Upset Stomach – Pepto Bismol
- Antacids – Tums
- Motion Sickness – Dramamine
- Contact Lens Solution – OptiFree
- First Aid, Adhesive Bandages – Band-Aid
- First Aid, Topical Antibiotic – Neosporin
- Immune Support – Airborne
- Toothpaste – Crest
This year's overall list also provides consumers with pharmacist recommendations for over-the-counter brands needed for year-round health. Returning pharmacist-recommended favorites include:
- Nasal Decongestant – Sudafed
- Sun Burn Relief – Solarcaine
- Lip Balm – Carmex
- Cold Sore – Abreva
- Mouthwash/Rinse – Listerine
- Children's Vitamins – Flintstones
- Herbal Supplements – Nature Made
- Bulk Laxative – Metamucil
"Over-the-counter medications can be convenient but choosing a product is often overwhelming," said Angela Haupt, senior health editor at U.S. News. "Top Recommended Health Products narrows the choices, making it easier for consumers to find a pharmacist-recommended treatment for their health needs."
Troy Trygstad, Pharmacy Times editor-in-chief, added, "Pharmacists play an important role in today's health care landscape, providing guidance to patients on overall health issues and over-the-counter products. By collaborating with U.S. News, we can provide consumers with trusted pharmacist advice year-round."
U.S. News and Pharmacy Times began collaborating in 2012 to bring pharmacist recommendations to consumers nationwide. Pharmacy Times evaluates pharmacists' insights and preferences through an annual research program with HRA–Healthcare Research and Analytics, a consultative health care market research practice. Through the U.S. News website, www.usnews.com, consumers have an easy and searchable way to access the information produced by Pharmacy Times. U.S. News displays brands that received at least 1 percent of pharmacists' votes, but only awards a "No. 1 Pharmacist Recommended Brand" designation to top-ranked products in each category.
For more information, visit Facebook and Twitter using #OTCGuide, or download the mobile app of Pharmacy Times's 2016 OTC Guide to access the rankings, search pharmacist recommendations by symptom, product or category and download coupons.
About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 37 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
About Pharmacy Times
Pharmacy Times is the leading media resource for pharmacists and the pharmacy industry, providing practical clinical and professional information pharmacists can use in their everyday practices when counseling patients and interacting with other health care providers. Each issue and the website contain articles and features covering industry trends, medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, disease state management, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law and more. Additionally, Pharmacy Times Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Pharmacy Times is part of Michael J. Hennessy Associates Inc., a full-service health care communications company offering education, research and medical media.
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