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FDA Advisers Urge Infant Doses for Kids' OTC Fever Relievers
Date:5/18/2011

roducts for infants and children to prevent dosing errors.

Previously, for example, Infant's Tylenol liquid drops were much more concentrated than Children's Tylenol, which could easily lead to confusion if parents didn't read the label or know there was a difference.

Drug-makers agreed to phase out the infant drops concentration starting in the middle of this year.

In any given week, about 23 percent of kids under age 2 are given acetaminophen, according to background information from McNeil.

"Acetaminophen dosing errors are a rare but potentially very severe adverse event that could lead to liver failure or even death for kids," said Dr. Richard Dart, president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, in a news release. "This decision will lessen the chance that parents will give their children the wrong dose."

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more on giving over-the-counter medications to children.

SOURCES: William Basco, M.D., director, general pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston; Daniel Frattarelli, M.D., pediatrician, Dearborn, Mich., and chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs; U.S. Food and Drug Administration Web site; Associated Press


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