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Many patients aren't reading drug labels before they take over-the-counter pain medication, the U.S. Pain Foundation says. (Photo: iStock)

When Americans have physical pain, 20 percent of them just grab a bottle of over-the-counter painkillers and wash them down without a second thought to the combinations and complications that might come with ingesting certain medications.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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