Did You Know?

  • Approximately 100 million Americans live with persistent pain – more than those affected by diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined
  • Acetaminophen is used by over 50 million Americans each week
  • More than 25 billion doses of acetaminophen are sold in the U.S. each year
  • Acetaminophen is found in more than 500 different prescription and OTC medicines
  • 120 million adults in the US have health condition for which acetaminophen may be the most appropriate pain reliever
    • For example, Over 20 million Americans have kidney disease, 600,000+ have kidney failure and 185,000+ live with a kidney transplants (1)
    • For kidney patients, acetaminophen is the preferred choice over non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) due to concerns about potential reduction in kidney function. (2)
  • Pain is a significant public health problem that costs US society at least $560-$635 billion annually (equal to about $2,000.00 per person) 3
  • The number of cases of acetaminophen overdose has dropped over 20% since 2008 4
  • Over 80% of 18-50 year-olds and 70% of 60+ year-olds use OTC pain relievers most often 5
  • 92% of older adults have chronic conditions and 41% have three or more chronic conditions
  • The age 65+ population is projected to more than double from 40.3 million in 2010 to 83.7 million in 2050 (US Census Bureau, 2008).


1 Kidney Disease: A to Z Health Guide – National Kidney Foundation https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/painMeds_Analgesics

2 Kidney Disease By The Numbers – American Society of Nephrology, March 2015

3 Source: Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research – Institute of Medicine Report

4 National Poison Data System. Feb 27, 2015 – Richard C. Dart, MD, PhD

5 Acetaminophen/OTC Pain Survey Outreach Report April 8, 2015 – Alliance for Aging Research

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Save The Date — Roundtable: Patient Access to Over-the-Counter Pain Relief

Thursday, June 23, 2016

2203 Rayburn House Office Building

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch will be provided

Hosted by the Protecting Access to Pain Relief Coalition

“Our mission is to advocate for public policy to support access to and choice of appropriate over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief while educating the public about
the responsible and safe use of acetaminophen. We work collaboratively with the FDA, legislators, healthcare providers, consumer and patient organizations to ensure Americans have access to safe and trusted pain relief.”

Moderator: Paul Conway, President of the American Association of Kidney Patients

RSVP to dexter.williams@hklaw.com by Monday, June 20th

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Incidence of Pain, as Compared to Major Conditions

Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.

Condition Number of Sufferers
Chronic Pain 100 million Americans1
Diabetes 25.8 million Americans
(diagnosed and estimated undiagnosed)2
Coronary Heart Disease 16.3 million Americans3
Stroke 7.0 million Americans3
Cancer 11.9 million Americans4
1Institute of Medicine of The National Academies
2American Diabetes Association
3American Heart Association
4American Cancer Society