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2008-10-11 12:00:09

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Children under 4 should not be given over- the-counter cough and cold remedies, drug companies said Tuesday in a concession to pediatricians who doubt the drugs do much good and worry about risks. The voluntary change in advice to parents comes less than a week after federal health officials said they also saw little evidence that the drugs work. But government officials were afraid that taking the medicines off store shelves might prompt parents to give their children...

2008-10-09 00:00:14

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Don't give over-the-counter cold remedies to kids under 4, drug companies said Tuesday. What sniffling little ones need, doctors said, are plenty of fluids and lots of tender, loving care."The best thing a parent can do is comfort their children," said Dr. Laura Herrera, a Baltimore family practitioner and mother of two. "Keeping them as comfortable as possible is certainly better than giving cough and cold medicines."In a concession to...

2008-10-08 15:00:00

By BOB GROVES, STAFF WRITER Cough and cold medicines sold over the counter will soon carry warnings that the drugs should not be given to kids under age 4. Makers of the drugs volunteered to add the warning labels after doctors and government advisers said the medicines, such as Tylenol, Robitussin and Sudafed are risky and may not work. Last year, the companies followed government recommendations and stopped selling OTC decongestant drops and sprays for children 2 years and younger....

2008-10-08 09:00:12

By Rentz, E Danielle; Lewis, Lauren; Mujica, Oscar J; Barr, Dana B; Schier, Joshua G; Weerasekera, Gayanga; Kuklenyik, Peter; McGeehin, Michael; Osterloh, John; Wamsley, Jacob; Lum, Washington; Alleyne, Camilo; Sosa, Nestor; Motta, Jorge; Rubin, Carol Objective In September 2006, a Panamanian physician reported an unusual number of patients with unexplained acute renal failure frequently accompanied by severe neurological dysfunction. Twelve (57%) of 21 patients had died of the illness....

2008-10-03 18:00:03

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar WASHINGTON - A top government health official Thursday rejected pediatricians' calls for an immediate ban on over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for young children, saying it might cause unintended harm. But Food and Drug Administration officials at a public hearing also said they were uncomfortable with the lack of solid scientific data to support continued use of OTC remedies with youngsters, particularly from ages 2-6. A ban - as sought by leading...

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2008-10-02 14:10:36

In preparation for the upcoming cold season, pediatricians have called for the Food and Drug Administration to recall several over-the-counter cold medications for kids. Some doctors worry that the drugs' risks outweigh their benefits and have demanded a recall of the medicines for children younger than 6. "Parents should know that there is less evidence than ever to support the use of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for young children," said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore's...

2008-09-18 12:00:40

Covidien, a provider of healthcare products, has announced the US availability of TussiCaps extended-release capsules, the first and only hydrocodone antitussive oral capsule to provide powerful cough suppression for up to 12 hours. TussiCaps, which is approved by the FDA, is now available by prescription in 10mg/8mg capsules through wholesalers and pharmacies in the US. TussiCaps extended-release capsules are indicated for the relief of cough and upper respiratory symptoms associated...

2008-09-17 09:01:00

Covidien (NYSE: COV, BSX: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced the U.S. availability of TussiCaps(R) (hydrocodone polistirex/chlorpheniramine polistirex) extended-release capsules, the first and only hydrocodone antitussive oral capsule to provide powerful cough suppression for up to 12 hours. "TussiCaps capsules offer patients a unique approach to handling the challenges of measuring liquid cough medications," said Chuck Bramlage, President, Covidien...

2008-08-28 03:00:19

By Anonymous Authorities in the United Kingdom have removed six cough medicines from their pharmacies and moved about 100 other products to "behind the counter" until their labeling is changed to state they are not for children under two years of age. The alert concerns 12 active ingrethents: brompheniramine, chlor phenamine, dextromethorphan, diphenhydramine, ephedrine, guaifenesin, ipecacuanha, phenylephrine, pholcodine, pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline, and xylometazoline. There have...

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2008-08-04 15:20:00

Researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center have found that approximately one in ten U.S. children uses one or more cough and cold medications during a given week. These findings appear in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics. Pediatric cough and cold medications are widely marketed in the U.S. but surprisingly little is known about just how often they are used in children. This information is especially important in light of recent revelations that cough and cold...