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2010-11-22 13:45:00

According to a new study, the number of children going to the emergency room after taking too much cough and cold medicine was cut in half after drug companies took medications for their age group off the market. Research shows that taking the medications off the shelves did what it was intended to do, but that there is still more that both drug makers and parents can do to protect kids from ending up in the ER. "Overall, I think this is really good," Dr. Daniel Budnitz, the lead author on...

2010-10-19 07:37:17

On the heels of an FDA Advisory Committee Meeting evaluating safety concerns of cold medication dextromethorphan, Buster Brands announces Cold Buster, a new product with proven efficacy and no risks of abuse. Morristown, NJ (Vocus) October 19, 2010 (Vocus) October 19, 2010 -- On September 14, 2010, the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee met to evaluate the safety of dextromethorphan, a popular cough suppressant contained in approximately 125 over-the-counter...

2010-09-17 15:56:00

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Launching now in national pharmacy chains is Chestal®, a natural cough syrup free of dextromethorphan from Boiron, the world leader in homeopathic medicines. This introduction comes on the heels of the success of Chestal's counterpart, Children's Chestal®, which was launched two years ago amid concerns over the safety of other active cough syrup ingredients for small children. Boiron, with a 78-year history of...

2010-09-14 17:54:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Consumer Healthcare Products Association issued the following statement on the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee's recommendation not to schedule over-the-counter (OTC) medicines containing dextromethorphan: "Today's FDA advisory committee decision not to recommend scheduling OTC cough medicines containing dextromethorphan as a controlled substance reflects a sound balancing of the benefits of over-the-counter medicines...

2010-09-14 07:56:00

Survey of Police and Teachers: Alcohol and Marijuana Most Serious Substance Abuse Facing Teens NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest released the results of a national Teen Substance Abuse survey today, indicating that police officers and high school teachers nationwide believe alcohol and marijuana are the most serious problem substances facing teenagers. These survey results come as the Food and Drug Administration has scheduled an...

2010-09-09 10:02:00

Upcoming FDA Hearing on Abuse of Cough and Cold Medications Misses the Mark NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest released the results of a national Teen Substance Abuse survey today, indicating that police officers and high school teachers nationwide believe alcohol and marijuana are the most serious problem substances facing teenagers. These survey results come as the Food and Drug Administration has scheduled an Advisory Committee...

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2010-09-01 08:10:00

US health regulators are working out possible restrictions on popular cough suppressants in hopes to stop cases of abuse that send thousands of people to the hospital each year. The Food and Drug Administration posted its review on Tuesday of dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in over a hundred non-prescription medications that is often abused for its euphoric effects. "Robotripping," as it is known among abusers, involves taking more than 25 times the recommended dosage of a cold...

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2010-05-02 09:00:00

Despite their widespread use by parents and caregivers, over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough medicines have carried a warning by the FDA since 2008, and still have the potential to cause serious adverse events in infants and children. Conservative therapies, including nasal suctioning, humidification, and nasal saline, should be recommended over routine use of OTC cough/cold products in infants and children, according to a new commentary published in the May 2010 issue of Otolaryngology...

2010-03-02 13:08:00

Despite flat OTC abuse rates, other types of abuse are increasing WASHINGTON, March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New survey data released today by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and MetLife Foundation point to the need for continued efforts to combat substance abuse among teens. While there was no significant increase in the abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing dextromethorphan, the 21st annual Partnership/MetLife Foundation Attitude Tracking Survey (PATS)...

2010-02-04 06:01:00

As Lower-Cost Methadone Prescribing Increases, Knowledge is Critical SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a unique and comprehensive literature review of poisoning deaths involving opioids from 1999 -- 2009, the deaths involving methadone were found to be disproportionately high. Methadone represented less than five percent of all opioid prescriptions but is responsible for a third of the deaths. After four years of investigation, the major underlying cause was found to be...