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HR79 189814-1 By Representative Johnson (R) RFD: First Read: 18-JAN-18 189814-1:n:01/11/2018:JEC/jec LSA2018-242 RECOGNIZING MARCH 2018 AS SELF-CARE AWARENESS MONTH. WHEREAS, self-care is a lifelong daily habit of healthy lifestyle choices, good hygiene practices, prevention of infection and illness, avoiding unhealthy choices, monitoring for signs and symptoms of changes in health, knowing when to consult a health care practitioner and knowing when it is appropriate to self-treat conditions; and WHEREAS, the United States Food and Drug Administration deems over-the-counter (OTC) medicines safe and effective for the self-care treatment of minor acute and chronic health conditions and symptoms such as pain, the common cold, allergies, and other conditions that impact large segments of the population; and WHEREAS, OTC medicines are either developed as new nonprescription medicines or switched from existing prescription medicines; and WHEREAS, OTC nonprescription medicines are self-care products that consumers purchase in pharmacies, supermarkets, retail stores, and online; and WHEREAS, every dollar spent on over-the-counter medicines saves the United States health care system 6 to dollars each year totalling $102 billion in annual savings; and WHEREAS, nonprescription medicines help to ease the burden on health care practitioners, eliminating unnecessary medical examinations that could be avoided with appropriate self-care; and WHEREAS, Alabama benefits when its citizens practice appropriate self-care, do not unnecessarily visit health care practitioners, and are empowered by higher self-esteem, improved health, and reduced use of health care services; and WHEREAS, Alabama encourages its citizens to take advantage of self-care's potential to improve personal and public health, save personal and public treasury, and strengthen the sustainability of Alabama's health care system; and WHEREAS, achieving self-care's potential is a shared opportunity for consumers, health care practitioners, policymakers, and regulators; now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we recognize the importance of improving awareness of self-care and the value it represents to the citizens of Alabama and support increased consumer empowerment through the development of new nonprescription medicines and the appropriate switch of certain prescription medicines to nonprescription. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we acknowledge over-the-counter medicines can greatly improve and reduce costs to the public health system. RESOLVED FURTHER, That we encourage consumers, health care practitioners, policymakers, and regulators to communicate the benefits of self-care and recognize March 2018 as Self-Care Awareness Month in Alabama.