WASHINGTON — The National Alliance for Hispanic Health on Thursday announced a partnership with the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition to increase awareness among Spanish-speaking consumers for the importance of safe use of medicines that contain acetaminophen. Many Hispanic consumers are not aware of any health risks associated with taking too much acetaminophen and do not check to see if their medicines contain acetaminophen, a drug ingredient in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medicines, according to Community Panel Discussions recently conducted by the Alliance.
“We need to do a better job supporting Hispanic consumers in safe medicine use, including understanding their medicine labels and the drug ingredients they are taking in over-the-counter and prescription medicines,” said Jane Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.
“The Alliance’s research tells us there is a need in the Hispanic community for culturally and linguistically relevant resources and tools to help make safe medicine decisions when using acetaminophen,” said Emily Skor, VP Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation, a member of the Coalition. “We are thrilled to partner with the Alliance to develop and disseminate Spanish-language educational tools on the safe use of medicines.”
Acetaminophen awareness education will include:
- More than 50,000 Spanish-language brochures distributed to more than 250 organizations that serve Hispanics in communities nationwide;
- Distribution of free brochures at the Alliance’s “Get Up and Get Moving” health fairs across the country; and
- Promotion of acetaminophen safe-use to more than 10,000 members of the Alliance’s Buena Salud Club through online, mobile and social media platforms.
As part of this effort, KnowYourDose.org now features new sections in Spanish. It includes an interactive medicine label reader, answers to frequently asked questions about acetaminophen and a cartoon encouraging medicine safety.
Healthcare providers can order free Spanish- and English-language educational materials for patients from the Coalition’s web site at KnowYourDose.org/order.