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Survey reveals GP indigestion and heartburn pressures

Survey reveals GP indigestion and heartburn pressures

Research by and OTC Bulletin has revealed that GPs' waiting rooms are being kept busy due to a steady influx of patients suffering from indigestion and heartburn. 

The survey found that 88% of GPs see patients suffering from these conditions several times a week – and that 37% see these patients on a daily basis.

Half of the GPs surveyed appealed to over-the-counter (OTC) medicine manufacturers to provide more evidence-based information which will help inform them about which products to recommend to patients. A similar number of GPs also suggested that their surgery does not receive enough information for patients, for example explanatory and self-care leaflets that can be placed in waiting rooms.

Of those surveyed, some 44% of GPs advise patients to purchase OTC products, with the most popular recommendations being Gaviscon, Rennie and Zantac 75.  Around 79% of those GPs who recommended OTC products said they recommend an antacid, with alginates the second most popular option (64%).

Simon Grime, head of healthcare at, said: "Indigestion and heartburn account for a significant proportion of GPs' workload, with over a third seeing patients with these conditions every day.  

"The survey revealed that GPs have a propensity to recommend OTC products and that manufacturers need to acknowledge the significant demand from GPs for efficacy and side-effects information."

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