The FDA met to look at evidence, take comments and decide whether there should be a ban on children’s cough and cold medicine under the age of 6. They acknowledged the evidence from pediatricians that it was not effective at that age and sent thousands of kids to the ER each year. Then they punted. No ban or recall.
A spokesperson for the FDA acknowledged there was no evidence that the meds worked under 6 (apparently the meds were “grandfathered” by the FDA many years ago with no tests on children), but was afraid that parents would use stronger adult meds on children if there was a ban. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the meds under 6 and an independent group advised the FDA to ban them last year.
Now in steps the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) to save the day (sort of).