Friday, January 18, 2008

US drug authority advises against giving cough syrup to kids

Here is a ruling of the US Federal Drug administration which will be of interest to doctors and others elsewhere too.

The FDA on Thursday urged parents and caregivers not to give over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines to children younger than two years because of dangerous side effects.

Charles Ganley, MD, director of FDA's Office of Non-prescription Products said at a news conference that serious and potentially life-threatening side effects could occur from the use of these products on children, according to a report published by WebMD.

The report by Miranda Hitti of WebMD Medical News, which was reviewed by Louise Chang, MD, can be seen at

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