Strong regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), coupled with the nonprescription drug industry’s historical commitment to voluntary self-regulation, is a cornerstone of self-care and self-medication.

Fact is, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are as closely regulated by FDA as prescription drugs. FDA and the OTC industry share a common goal: to ensure consumer access to safe and effective OTC medicines which are carefully labeled and honestly advertised. Voluntary guidelines — established by OTC manufacturers independent of outside regulation — demonstrate the industry’s commitment to promote and protect the public interest.