7 things you may not know about PAGB
More than a trade association representing OTC manufacturers, PAGB works in multiple ways to ensure that the British public has ready access to treatments that empower them to self care effectively.

About PAGB

PAGB (Proprietary Association of Great Britain) represents the manufacturers of branded over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, self care medical devices and food supplements. Established in 1919, PAGB has a distinguished track record of ensuring balanced and responsible marketing of self care products. It achieves this in multiple ways, including the following:

  • PAGB provides expert comment and opinion to the media about self care, OTC medicines, self care medical devices and food supplements
    All PAGB response statements are available to view at www.pagb.co.uk/news-items/
  • PAGB funds HSIS, the Health and Food Supplements Information Service,
    working with independent experts to provide the media and healthcare professionals with accurate and balanced information on vitamins, minerals and food supplements.
    You can find out more at www.hsis.org
  • PAGB supports the Self Care Forum’s work to further the reach of self care and embed it into everyday life.
    The Self Care Forum was set up in 2011 following the publication of the white paper ‘Self Care: an ethical imperative’. Public Health England is a partner in the Forum, as are a number of eminent GPs and organisations including the Royal College of Nursing and the National Association for Patient Participation.
    See www.selfcareforum.org
  • PAGB conducts research to further understanding of self care, the impact on the NHS if people don’t self care and people’s attitudes towards self care.
    In 2016 alone, the association published four reports, including “Five examples of waste in the NHS”. This explained that the NHS wastes money in five key ways: by prescribing medicines that are available OTC; by over-prescribing antibiotics; through unnecessary visits to A&E, and via NHS 111 inefficiencies as well as a slow-down in the rate of medicines reclassification, even though POM to P or GSL switching makes medicines readily available to help people self care.
    To view this report and others, visit www.pagb.co.uk/news-items/research-and-reports/
  • PAGB is a partner in the national NHS “Stay Well This Winter” campaign.
    This annual public health campaign encourages the public to seek advice from a pharmacist at the first sign of a winter illness.
    Find out more at www.nhs.uk/staywell
  • PAGB publishes formal codes of practice and supplementary guidance documents
    to support its members in complying with UK and European legal requirements for OTC medicines, food supplements and medical devices. It is a condition of membership that companies comply with relevant codes and guidance. PAGB also helps to shape regulatory policy and provides the secretariat for a number of regulatory working groups for OTC medicines, food supplements and self care medical devices.
    To find out more, please visit www.pagb.co.uk/codes-guidance/
  • PAGB runs workshops, events and training on self care medical devices, OTC medicines and food supplements.
    As well as its Professional Learning programme, which leads to the PAGB Diploma in OTC Healthcare, a variety of workshops and events can be attended by members and non-members throughout the year.
    For details and dates, please visit www.pagb.co.uk/events-training/