Bill Text: AZ SCR1015 | 2017 | Fifty-third Legislature 1st Regular | Engrossed

Bill Title: Self-care month

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2017-05-10 - Assigned to House RULES Committee [SCR1015 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2017-SCR1015-Engrossed.html




Senate Engrossed




State of Arizona


Fifty-third Legislature

First Regular Session











proclaiming February 2017 as self‑care month in arizona.






Whereas, self-care is a lifelong daily habit of making healthy lifestyle choices, practicing good hygiene, preventing infection and illness, avoiding unhealthy choices, monitoring for signs and symptoms of changes in health, knowing when to consult a health care practitioner and knowing when it is appropriate to self-treat conditions; and

Whereas, the United States Food and Drug Administration deems over‑the‑counter medicines to be safe and effective for the self‑care treatment of minor acute and chronic health conditions and symptoms such as pain, common colds, allergies and other conditions that impact large segments of the population; and

Whereas, over‑the‑counter medicines are either developed as new nonprescription medicines or switched from existing prescription medicines to nonprescription; and

Whereas, over-the-counter medicines are self-care products that consumers purchase in pharmacies, supermarkets, retail stores and online; and

Whereas, every dollar spent on over-the-counter medicines saves the United States health care system six to seven dollars each year, totaling $102 billion in annual savings; and

Whereas, over-the-counter medicines help to ease the burden on health care practitioners, eliminating unnecessary medical examinations that can be avoided with appropriate self-care; and

Whereas, Arizona benefits when its citizens practice appropriate self‑care, do not unnecessarily visit health care practitioners and are subsequently empowered by higher self‑esteem, improved health and a reduced reliance on health care services; and

Whereas, achieving self-care's potential is a shared opportunity for

consumers, health care practitioners, policymakers and regulators.


Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Arizona, the House of Representatives concurring:

1.  That the Members of the Legislature recognize the importance of improving awareness of self‑care and the value it represents to the citizens of Arizona.

2.  That the Members of the Legislature support increased consumer empowerment through the development of new over‑the‑counter medicines and the appropriate switch of certain prescription medicines to nonprescription.

3.  That the Members of the Legislature acknowledge the great improvements and reduced costs over‑the‑counter medicines can provide to the public health system.

4.  That the Members of the Legislature support consumers, health care practitioners, policymakers and regulators in their efforts to communicate the benefits of self‑care.

5.  That the Members of the Legislature support the efforts of the Arizona's citizens to take advantage of self‑care's potential to improve personal and public health, provide personal and public cost savings and strengthen the sustainability of the Arizona health care system.

6.  That the Members of the Legislature proclaim February 2017 as Self‑care Month in Arizona.