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Over-the-Counter Infant Medicine with Acetaminophen Will No Longer Be Produced

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Consumer Healthcare Products AssociationStarting as early as June, over-the-counter drug manufacturers will no longer produce acetaminophen in concentrated liquid drops for infants.  Acetaminophen, a common ingredient in various OTC medications for children, is included to reduce symptoms of pain and fever.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), a non-for-profit group that represents OTC drug manufacturers, decided on this step to reduce dosing errors and prevent accidental poisonings in infants.  Currently, liquid acetaminophen is sold in two concentrations: 80 mg/0.8 mL or 80 mg/1.0 mL, with droppers for infants; 160 mg/5 mL, with cups for children ages 2-11.  The two different concentrations have often caused confusion, leading parents to give kids incorrect doses due to badly-marked droppers or cups. 

Johnson & Johnson and other drug manufacturers will cease production of the 80 mg/0.8 mL and the 80 mg/1.0 mL concentrations through 2012.  Instead, 160 mg/5 mL will become the standard concentration for all ages, along with cups for older kids and new syringes with flow restrictors for infants, which will provide accurate dosing and reduce spills.  Most medications with acetaminophen do not have proper dosing instructions for kids under 2 years; instead, the labels instruct parents to contact pediatricians.  Tylenol, produced by Johnson & Johnson, will be working on a case to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include correct acetaminophen dosing information for children 6 months and up on labels.

For now, both concentrations will still be on shelves until CHPA can work with retailers to remove the infant concentrations.  Parents can keep acetominophen medications they already have or purchase them in stores, but read labels and dosing directions carefully.  Always consult a trusted pediatrician to clarify the concentration of your child’s dose, especially if you have any questions or concerns.

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Put Down the Spoon

Monday, July 19th, 2010

When you go to your medicine cabinet and find the bottle of liquid meds you’re looking for, but not the dosing cup it came with, what’s your next move? Do you wing it and use a kitchen spoon, using your best guess to pour the correct amount? If you do, it’s time to rethink that strategy. A recent study from Greece found that parents who use household spoons to administer medicine to their children could be giving nearly 200 percent more than they should.

It’s so easy to lose the cups that come with oral medicines, so do yourself a favor and go pick up a few medicine syringes from your local drugstore and keep them wherever you store your meds. That’s a cheap, simple way to sidestep what could become a big problem.

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