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2009-02-26 11:08:00

Makers of OTC cough medicines committed to continuing multi-pronged effort to raise awareness WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New survey data released today by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America offers some promising news regarding teens and the abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines. According to the 20th annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Survey (PATS), a national study of teen behavior and attitudes about drugs and alcohol, an increased number of teens view...

2008-12-19 15:54:20

A study published today in the December issue of the European medical journal Anticancer Research demonstrates that an ingredient used in a common cough suppressant may be useful in treating advanced prostate cancer. Researchers found that noscapine, which has been used in cough medication for nearly 50 years, reduced tumor growth in mice by 60% and limited the spread of tumors by 65% without causing harmful side effects. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United...

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2008-12-19 13:35:00

Doctors cautioned on Thursday that some children showing up in emergency rooms with overdoses of cough or cold syrup might have been intentionally medicated to quiet them down. The doctors reported in the Annals of Emergency Medicine that an analysis of 189 children who died from medication overdoses showed a significant percentage appeared to have been intentionally overdosed. Dr. Richard Dart, director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver said that in 79 of the cases, an...

2008-12-11 12:40:00

Industry to continue its multi-pronged effort to raise awareness of dangers WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is a statement by Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A., president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), regarding today's release of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA's) Monitoring the Future survey. For the third year in its 33-year history, the annual survey of the teen substance abuse landscape reported on the non-medical use of...

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...


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