FDA Panel Seeks Wider Crackdown On Child Medicine

Law360, New York (October 22, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has warned that over-the-counter cold and cough medicines are not effective in children and should not be given to kids under the age of 6.

The committee, made up of outside experts to review medicines sold to remedy the common cold, recommended Friday that the FDA conduct more studies on the medicines, even though the practice of treating children with these medicines has been widespread for decades.

While the FDA is under no obligation to follow the panel’s recommendations,...
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