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Greater governmental role in encouraging self-medication urged by J&J's Lenehan.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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GOVERNMENT ENCOURAGEMENT OF INCREASED OTC USE BY PHYSICIANS AND PUBLIC necessary for enhanced role of self-medication, J&J exec James Lenehan told the World Federation of Proprietary Medicine Manufacturers 12th general assembly in Toronto Oct. 28-31. Lenehan, the chairman of Johnson & Johnson's Consumer Pharmaceuticals and Professional business, said: "Beyond safety, I believe, it is in the government's self interest to enhance OTC access and education." Such access, Lenehan explained, would exhibit a greater trust in the "consumers' ability to read and think for themselves."

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