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GERD: Most Patients Can Be Treated with OTC Medications Alone

KEY POINT

The central role played by pharmacists in the recognition and management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is emphasized in a report recently published by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). In randomized, controlled trials reviewed by an AGA consensus development panel, about 60% to 70% of patients with GERD responded to acid-neutralization or acid-inhibition therapies that are available without a prescription. The OTC armamentarium may soon be enhanced if one or more proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are switched to nonprescription status.

SOURCES

Peterson WL et al. Improving the Management of GERD: Evidence-Based Therapeutic Strategies. Bethesda, Md: American Gastroenterological Association Press; 2002.