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Statement from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on the Safety of Pediatric Over-the-Counter Medicines
Date:10/2/2007

ated with their use are due to inadvertent overdosing and misuse. When used as directed, these medicines are safe and effective.

"Based on our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our nation's families, and because children under age 2 are most vulnerable to misuse of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, we are recommending that labeling for children under 2 be strengthened to read, 'Do Not Use' versus 'Ask a Doctor.' We also are recommending that language be added to the label of OTC antihistamines to read, 'Do not use to sedate children.'

"In the coming months, we'll be launching a major educational campaign alerting parents and caregivers to use great caution when administering medicines to children. Specifically, we will target parents and caregivers of children under two, as well as pediatricians, to further underscore that over- the-counter medicines should not be given to children under two.

"As the makers of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children, we remain committed to ensuring parents and caregivers have the information they need to use these medicines safely and effectively, and that they have access to the very best possible medicines for their children.

Editor's note: FDA has posted some recommendations for parents (link: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/psn/transcript.cfm?show=6 8#8 ) in addition to issuing a note to correspondents further clarifying that no final decision on recommendations has been made.

CHPA is the 126-year-old-trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplement products.

http://www.chpa-info.org

Contact: Elizabeth Funderburk

202.429.9260 (work)

202.256.5677 (cell)


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