Thursday, October 11, 2007

Withdrawl of Kid's Cough Medicines


McNeil Pharmaceutical has stepped up to the plate and done the right thing by voluntarily withdrawing a number of cough and cold preparations that may be harmful to kids under the age of 2. Recent findings show these medications can be overused by parents and there are no safe guidelines for tiny tikes and these preparations. McNeil has begun by informing physicians of the following:

We have decided to voluntarily withdraw the following over-the-counter (OTC) infant cough and cold medicines from the market:

Concentrated Tylenol® Infants' Drops Plus Cold
Concentrated Tylenol® Infants' Drops Plus Cold & Cough
PediaCare® Infant Dropper Decongestant
PediaCare® Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough
PediaCare® Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine)
PediaCare® Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough
PediaCare® Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine)

We believe the decision to voluntarily withdraw these products may help to reduce these instances of misuse among children under 2 years of age.

This voluntary withdrawal does not include:
Children’s Tylenol® cough and cold medicines for children over age two
PediaCare® Children’s cough and cold medicines for children over age two
Infants’ and Children’s Tylenol® pain relievers and fever reducers
Infants’ and Children’s Motrin® pain relievers and fever reducers

This is an example of a large company putting patient safety before profit. Kudos to them!

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