Studies and Research

The economic value of self-care in health

The study “The economic value of self-care in health” was conducted in five countries in Latin America; Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, in order to understand the benefits of the responsible use of Over-the-Counter Medicines in National Health Systems. The research focused on common diseases with the greatest impact, such as the common cold, diarrhea, volvovaginal candidiasis, and nonspecific low back pain. As a result, it is estimated that if 50% of these conditions were treated with self-care using Over-the-Counter Medications, approximately $ 1.5 billion per year could be saved in medical care and lost productivity.


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