The Food and Drug Administration plans to meet to discuss the efficacy of cough syrup and cold medications for children. This comes on the heels of a voluntary recall of more than a dozen brands of children’s cough and cold medications, including Dimetapp, Robitussin, Tylenol and many others.
The FDA has already ordered a change of label guidelines for the use of such medications on children two or younger. Doctors are pushing for an outright ban, and also for restrictions for children up through age six. No study has been done demonstrating the safety of these medications on children, and quite a few have been done showing that they are no more effective than placebos and that overdosing is a serious problem. Parents, believing cough syrup to be completely mild and harmless, run the risk of giving overdoses to toddlers and very small children.
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