Companies issue a Voluntary Removal for Infant and Toddler Cold and Cough Medications – List of Over-the-Counter Medicines Brand

Companies issue a Voluntary Removal for Infant and Toddler Cold and Cough Medications – List of Over-the-Counter Medicines Brand

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[Best Syndication] Major manufacturers of oral cold and cough medicines have announced a voluntary withdrawal of several commonly used formulas that were marketed for infants and toddlers. The medications are removed for children under the age of 2 years old. The reason for the removal of the products from the store shelves is because of an investigation by U.S. regulators into 54 deaths caused by decongestant medicines that have happened since 1969. There has also be reported by the newswires services 69 deaths that were related to the use of antihistamine medicines with the ingredients of diphenhydramine, brompheniramine or chlorpheniramine.

The problem is that there has been a rare pattern for infants to be overdosed by misuse of the products. Linda A. Suydam, president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), said the following in an announcement explaining the reason for the removal of the products:

"The reason the makers of over-the-counter, oral cough and cold medicines for infants are voluntarily withdrawing these medicines is that there have been rare patterns of misuse leading to overdose recently identified, particularly in infants, and safety is our top priority."

The CHPA announced that the following cold and cough medicines will be withdrawn from manufacturing and retailers:

Dimetapp(R) Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops,
Dimetapp(R) Decongestant Infant Drops,
Little Colds(R) Decongestant Plus Cough,
Little Colds(R) Multi-Symptom Cold Formula,
PEDIACARE(R) Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine),
PEDIACARE(R) Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine),
PEDIACARE(R) Infant Dropper Decongestant (containing phenylephrine),
PEDIACARE(R) Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough,
PEDIACARE(R) Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (containing phenylephrine),
Robitussin(R) Infant Cough DM Drops,
Triaminic(R) Infant & Toddler Thin Strips(R) Decongestant,
Triaminic(R) Infant & Toddler Thin Strips(R) Decongestant Plus Cough,
TYLENOL(R) Concentrated Infants' Drops Plus Cold,
TYLENOL(R) Concentrated Infants' Drops Plus Cold & Cough.

Another reason for preemptive efforts to remove these medications is that the U.S. health experts recommended that the Food and Drug Administration ban the sale of these medicines for young children. They recommended banning decongestants for children under the age of 2 and antihistamines for children under the age of 6. There will be a meeting on October 18th and 19th that will discuss these recommendations.

By Marlene Donor
Best Syndication News Writer

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