How are new parents supposed to get more than four hours of sleep or travel to Asia with a newborn NOW??
The NY Times just reported that the makers of major infant cold medicines are pulling their products from the shelves rather than risk a formal ban by the FDA.
A safety review by the FDA recently recommended banning cough and cold medicines for kids under 6 years old. The pharma industry's own trade group had suggested warning labels and the elimination of the under-2 drugs.
Of the 1.5 kids/year who died from OTC cold medication since 1969, most were related to inadvertent overdoses, i.e., parents not following, understanding, or measuring the proper recommended doses.
I'd call these people idiots if I hadn't just bought a box of Children's Triaminic Thin Strips that turned out to be for 6-year-olds. It wasn't until we gave the kid one that we realized it was twice the dose of the previous box. But side by side comparison was all but useless; until I got online to look at the dosage levels, the only discernible difference in the packaging was the flavor: grape vs. bubble gum. Way to go, Novartis. [Though the kid did sleep spectacularly.]
Makers Pull Infant Cold Medicines [nyt]
Previously, just last week: slo-mo infant cold band rolls on - slowly. Or, you know, quickly, depending.
08/07: FDA: stop giving cold medicine to kids under 2yo