Health advisory issued for OTC cough/cold meds

August 23, 2007

On August 15, the FDA issued an advisory that warns parents not to give over-the-counter cough and cold medications to children under 2 years of age, unless directed to do so by their child?s health care provider. [more]

On August 15, the FDA issued an advisory that warns parents not to give over-the-counter cough and cold medications to children under 2 years of age, unless directed to do so by their child’s health care provider. [more]

Explaining that too much medication can lead to serious and life-threatening side effects, the agency is encouraging parents to read the “Drug Facts” box on the package and to follow directions carefully, using only products marked for “pediatric” use. A pediatric measuring device should always be used when delivering the recommended dose; a kitchen teaspoon or tablespoon is not an appropriate device.

It was also announced that on October 18 and 19, the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and the Pediatric Advisory Committee will meet together to discuss the safety and efficacy of these cough and cold products that are marketed for pediatric use.

To view the public health advisory and obtain more information about the meeting, visit www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2007/safety07.htm#Cough