Friday, October 12, 2007

Children's cold medicine recall

By WINK News

Washington - Kids' cold medicines are being yanked from shelves, after the government warns they may be hurting your child.

This action comes less than two weeks after the government warned parents about potential health risks to infants who take cold medicine.

Products aimed at kids under the age of two are being voluntarily pulled from store shelves, due to what's being called,"rare instances of misuse" that could lead to accidental overdose.

Late last month, the Food and Drug Administration recommended drug makers add the words,"do not use in kids under two" to product labeling for cold medicines. Current labels direct parents to consult a doctor before using on infants and toddlers.

Over the last four decades, the FDA found 54 child deaths from over-the-counter decongestant medicines, and 69 children died in connection to the use of antihistamines.

Over the counter branded pediatric cough and cold medicines affected by this voluntary withdrawal include:

Dimetapp® Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops

Dimetapp® Decongestant Infant Drops

Little Colds® Decongestant Plus Cough

Little Colds® Multi-Symptom Cold Formula

PEDIACARE® Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine)

PEDIACARE® Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine)

PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Decongestant (containing phenylephrine)

PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough

PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (containing phenylephrine)

Robitussin® Infant Cough DM Drops

Triaminic® Infant & Toddler Thin Strips® Decongestant

Triaminic® Infant & Toddler Thin Strips® Decongestant Plus Cough

TYLENOL® Concentrated Infants' Drops Plus Cold

TYLENOL® Concentrated Infants' Drops Plus Cold & Cough


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