FDA Warns Against Post-Surgery Use Of Codeine In Kids

Law360, New York (February 20, 2013, 6:54 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is putting its strongest safety warning on products containing codeine, the agency said Wednesday, telling physicians that some children given the pain reliever after their tonsils are removed are at risk of death.

The FDA will add a boxed warning on the products about the use of codeine in children who have received surgery to remove their tonsils or adenoids. Children with obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing can stop multiple times during sleep, have died after receiving...
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