The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition (AAC) is made up of leading health, healthcare provider, and consumer organizations. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration serve as advisors to the Coalition.

The goal of the AAC is to educate consumers and patients on the importance of knowing the ingredients in their medicines and following labeled directions to prevent unintentional acetaminophen overdose. Through outreach to healthcare providers, patients, and consumers, the AAC works to ensure that acetaminophen is used only as directed or labeled.

The AAC is the official sponsor of the Know Your Dose campaign.

Coalition Members

Alliance for Aging Research

The Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health. The Alliance was founded in 1986 in Washington, D.C., and has since become a valued advocacy organization and a respected influential voice with policymakers.


American Association of Nurse Practitioners

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP), the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties, represents the interests of more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the U.S.  As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. To locate a nurse practitioner, go to  For more information about NPs, visit


American Pharmacists Association

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is the organization whose members are recognized in society as essential in all patient care settings for optimal medication use that improves health, wellness, and quality of life. Through information, education, and advocacy, APhA empowers its members to improve medication use and advance patient care. APhA was the first-established national professional society of pharmacists, having been founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association. It remains the largest association of pharmacists in the United States, boasting more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession.


BeMedWise Program at NeedyMeds

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) is now the BeMedWise Program at NeedyMeds.  Harnessing the expertise and reach of the BeMedWise partners, committed stakeholder groups and program sponsors, BeMedWise will sustain the NCPIE mission to improve health and stimulate high-quality medicine safe use conversations between healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers. For details, go to

Caregiver Action Network

The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.

Health In Hand

Health In Hand is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers consumers to make safe, informed decisions about choosing and using self-care products. Visit for more information.


National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is a nonprofit organization that works with the state boards of pharmacy to protect the public health and ensure that consumers are receiving the best pharmacy care. Since its founding more than 100 years ago, NABP has worked to promote public health and safety through various programs and services. The website was created to educate the public on medication safety and share information about safe medication practices that impact the health and safety of consumers.


National Association of Chain Drug Stores

NACDS represents traditional drug stores, supermarkets and mass merchants with pharmacies. Chains operate nearly 40,000 pharmacies, and NACDS’ 80 chain member companies include regional chains, with a minimum of four stores, and national companies. Chains employ nearly 3 million individuals, including 155,000 pharmacists. They fill over 3 billion prescriptions yearly, and help patients use medicines correctly and safely, while offering innovative services that improve patient health and healthcare affordability.

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National Black Nurses Association

The National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA) represents approximately 200,000 African American nurses from the USA, Canada, Eastern Caribbean, and Africa, with 115 chartered chapters nationwide. NBNA’s mission is to provide a forum for collective action by African American nurses to represent and provide a forum for black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color. NBNA collaborates with private and public agencies/organizations that share common concerns for improving the health status of all people, particularly African Americans and other minority consumers.

National Community Pharmacists Association

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America’s community pharmacists, including the owners of nearly 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent an $88.8 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 300,000 individuals, including over 62,000 pharmacists. To learn more, go to, visit, or follow NCPA on Twitter @Commpharmacy.

National Consumers League

The National Consumers League is a private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues. It is the nation’s oldest consumer organization.


American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC’s Medication Safety Program provides scientific advice to the coalition. The Medication Safety Program leads CDC’s national adverse drug events (ADEs) surveillance activities, and the PROTECT Initiative, an innovative collaboration developing strategies to help prevent unintentional medication overdoses in children.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) serves as an advisor to the coalition. CDER’s Office of Communications has an educational campaign and the Safe Use Initiative has a safety initiative intended to promote the safe use of medicines that contain acetaminophen.