Consumption of Over-the-Counter Drugs and Attitudes Towards Over-the-Counter Drug Advertising: A Comparison Between The United States and Hong Kong

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Proceedings of the 1997 Conference of the American Academy of Advertising, Page: 204-212

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Chan, Kara K.; Ha, Louisa
advertising; drugs; over the counter; drug advertising; Broadcast and Video Studies; Critical and Cultural Studies; Health Communication; Public Relations and Advertising
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A survey of 547 adults from the United States and Hong Kong was conducted to compare their perceptions about functions and consequences of OTC drug advertising and medical decisions when encountering health problems. Results indicate that American and Hong Kong consumers were very similar in their overall perception of functions and consequences of OTC drugs. A large majority of American consumers relied heavily on OTC drugs for all five types of selected health problems in this study. In contrast, Hong Kong consumers took OTC drugs only for specific illness.