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August 16, 2007

FDA Issues Public Health Advisory Concerning Use of Nonprescription Cough and Cold Medicine in Children

On August 15, the Food and Drug Administration issued a Public Health Advisory concerning the use of nonprescription cough and cold medicine in children.  The FDA announced that the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee will discuss the safety and effectiveness of cough and cold drug product use in children in October.  The Advisory states that questions have been raised concerning the safety of those products and whether the benefits of the products justify any potential risks from the use of the products in children, particularly those under the age of 2.  The FDA is reviewing safety and efficacy data for the ingredients of those products in preparation for the meeting.  There have been reports of serious adverse events associated with the overuse of the medicines in children.  The Advisory also provides a list of safety points for parents concerning the use of cough and cold medicines.

MKS

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