Your Wheels: Research Reveals Danger of over the Counter Medicines

The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), May 31, 2003 | Go to article overview

Your Wheels: Research Reveals Danger of over the Counter Medicines


GOVERNMENT research warning that the labelling of many over-the- counter medicines could be a danger to drivers has been welcomed by motoring organisations.

The Government-backed report found that the labels on most otc drugs, including preparations such as hay-fever medicines, do not clearly state that they can cause drowsiness when driving.

The RAC Foundation says it has given similar warnings about over the counter drugs in the past.

A survey carried out among motorists found confusion over which common medicines are safe to take while driving. More than half of the drivers interviewed for the RAC Foundation by NOP Automotive said they would drive after taking a common treatment for allergies, even though medical opinion classes this as ''inadvisable,'' while over a quarter said they would not drive after taking a harmless flu remedy.

Following this, and previous research, the RAC Foundation has called on the Government to back a scheme that could save lives by making the message on drugs easier to read.

The Foundation has called for a ''traffic light system'' to be made mandatory on all over the counter drugs so that consumers know at a glance which ones pose a driving hazard. …

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