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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...

2008-07-17 12:00:21

To: POLITICAL EDITORS Contact: Elizabeth Funderburk of Consumer Healthcare Products Association, +1-202-429-3520 (w), +1-202-256-5677 (m) Announce nationwide town hall meetings as part of educational effort WASHINGTON,July 17/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) are pleased to lend their support to S.Res. 614, a U.S. Senate resolution designating August as National Medicine Abuse Awareness...

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2008-05-15 11:10:00

More than 40 percent of parents have used cough medicine for children younger than two "“ even though it is not recommended, nor proven effective for children in this age group, an Australia-first study has found.The joint University of Melbourne and Royal Children's Hospital study, surveyed 325 parents at hospital outpatient clinics, maternal child health centers and child care centers about their use of over-the-counter medication for children aged 0-24 months.It is the first study in...

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2008-01-18 08:51:39

The FDA issued a warning today that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are too risky for children under the age of 2.  The warning states that "serious and potentially life-threatening side effects can occur."The FDA is still reviewing whether or not over the counter decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants are safe for older children, agency officials told Associated Press.   A decision is expected by this spring, the deadline to notify manufacturers before...

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2007-10-11 18:00:00

By LAURAN NEERGAARD WASHINGTON - Drug makers pulled cold medicines targeted for babies and toddlers off the market Thursday, leaving parents to find alternatives for hacking coughs and runny little noses just as fall sniffles get in full swing. The move represented a pre-emptive strike by over-the-counter drug manufacturers - a week before government advisers were to debate the medicines' fate. But it doesn't end concern about the safety of these remedies for youngsters. Thursday's...

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2006-11-14 03:00:00

By Roger Dobson It hurts, makes a loud rattling noise, and travels at up to 60 miles an hour. Over the next few months, it will be responsible for more than two million visits to GPs, and more than [pound]500m will be spent on medicines this year trying to stop it. The cough is one of Britain's biggest health problems. In a full year, the costs to the economy are now estimated to have reached [pound]1bn. While in some cases it can be a symptom of more serious underlying diseases or problems...

2006-05-12 10:45:00

By David Douglas NEW YORK -- Codeine is a standard ingredient in cough remedies, but it seems to be no more effective than an inactive "placebo" compound, at least in people with chronic lung disease, UK researchers report. Dr. Jacyln Smith of South Manchester University Hospital Trusts and colleagues note that codeine is the standard anti-cough agent to which others are compared. Laboratory studies suggest it is effective for cough due to different causes, but little is known about its...

2006-01-09 17:03:48

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Over-the-counter cough medicines do little good and may harm children, U.S. experts said in new guidelines released on Monday. Adults are better off using older nonprescription antihistamines and decongestants to stop the flow of mucus that causes the cough, the American College of Chest Physicians said in its guidelines. "Cough is the number one reason why patients seek medical attention," Dr. Richard Irwin of...


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