FDA Cold Medicine Advisory: Children and cold medicine–read it for yourself

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Have you heard about the FDA’s new cold-medicines advisory: not to give them to kids under 2? If you’d like to read it for yourself–including the FDA’s bullet-pointed tips–rather than go through the media, here’s a link.

Below is a shorter blurb (originally posted here).

[Posted 01/17/2008] FDA informed consumers and healthcare professionals that the Agency has completed its review of information regarding the safety of over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines in children under 2 years of age and recommends that these drugs not be used to treat children in this age group because serious and potentially life-threatening side effects can occur. FDA’s recommendation is based on both the review of the information the Agency received about serious side effects in children in the referenced age group and the discussion and recommendations made at the October 18 -19, 2007, public advisory committee meeting at which this issue was discussed. FDA has not completed its review of information about the safety of OTC cough and cold medicines in children 2 through 11 years of age. See the FDA Public Health Advisory for Agency recommendations regarding this issue.

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