-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials
issued final guidance Wednesday for the production, marketing and
distribution of liquid over-the-counter drug products that are
measured and dispensed with provided devices such as spoons, cups
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration developed the guidance in
response to concerns about the risk of overdoses when using liquid
over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, cold medicines, cough syrups
and digestion aids if the dispensing devices included with the
products have markings that are confusing, unclear or inconsistent
with the dosage directions on the label.
Among the main recommendations in the guidance:
"Accidental medication overdose in young children is an increasingly common, but preventable, public health problem," Dr. Karen Weiss, program director for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's Safe Use Initiative, said in an FDA news release.
The FDA also outlined 10 tips that should be followed by parents
and caregivers when giving medicine to an infant or child:
The FDA has more about
buying and using medicines safely.
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