Widely used cold and cough medicines have not been shown to work in anyone younger than 12 according to government health advisers. Advisers also urged that tests be conducted to determine the effects of these medications on children.
In fact, Pediatricians pushing for greater restrictions told the Food and Drug Administration that the over-the-counter medications should not be given to children under the age of six. These Pediatricians are calling these group of children in the six and under age range the most vulnerable to serious injury or death. According to a news report by the Associated Press “some of the drugs which include Wyeth’s Dimetapp and Robitussin, Johnson and Johnson’s Pediacare and Novartis AG’s Triaminic Products have never been tested in children.” The report also mentioned that “An FDA review found just 11 studies of children published over the last half-century.” There have been recent reports citing parents unwittingly overdosing their children resulting in serious injuries and death.
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