Posted by: brambledoula | October 11, 2007

More recalls. Infant medicines this time.

By MATTHEW PERRONE – AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON(AP) Drug makers on Thursday voluntarily pulled children’s cold medicines off the market less than two weeks after the government warned of potential health risks to infants.

Over-the-counter medications aimed at children under the age of two are being removed from store shelves because of rare instances of parents accidentally overdosing young children, a trade group that represents over-the-counter drug makers said. The group said parents should not use any medicines they have at home.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association said last month it agreed with government officials that use of the drugs should be restricted, but had previously stopped short of pulling the products from the market.

Cold medicines being withdrawn include: Johnson & Johnson Pediacare Infant Drops and Tylenol Concentrated Infants Drops, Wyeth’s Dimetapp Decongestant Infant Drops, Novartis’ Triaminic Infant & Toddler Thin Strips and Prestige Brands Holdings’ Little Colds Decongestant Plus Cough.

CVS Caremark Corp. said Thursday morning it would remove the affected products as well as CVS-brand equivalents from store shelves. The pharmacy chain said customers can return the products for a full refund.

Late last month the Food and Drug Administration tentatively recommended adding the words “do not use in children under two years” to products’ labeling. Current labeling directs parents to consult a doctor before administering the drugs to infants and toddlers.

The medicines come in tiny, droplet-size doses, but parents occassionally do not consult or follow directions from physicians, which can lead to accidental overdose.

FDA will formally consider revising labeling at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 18-19.

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