3 infant cough and cold medicines recalled in Canada
- October 11, 2007 3:42 PM
- By Peter Hadzipetros
In the wake of a U.S.-led recall of infant cough and cold medicines, Health Canada issued an advisory Thursday warning consumers not to give over-the-counter cough and cold medications to children without first consulting a doctor.
"Before using over-the-counter cough and cold remedies in children under two years of age, Health Canada urges caregivers to consult a health-care practitioner to assure that their use is safe and appropriate," reads the release.
"Many of these products contain the same medicinal ingredient(s), and giving more than one product with the same ingredient or multiple doses of the same product could lead to an overdose."
On Sept. 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a more strongly worded advisory, warning consumers that children under the age of two should not use decongestants and those under age six should not be given antihistamine medicines.
Health Canada's announcement follows the recall of three infant cough and cold medicines in Canada because they pose overdose risks.
The Canadian recall, announced Thursday, applies to Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare products as follows:
- Infants' Tylenol cold dye-free drops.
- Benylin for infants cough and cold oral drops.
- Benylin for infants stuffy nose oral drops.
Earlier in the day, Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare subsidiary, along with Novartis and Prestige Brands Holdings, said they were pulling oral infant medications from U.S. store shelves.
Johnson & Johnson said in a statement Thursday that "rare instances of misuse" may lead to overdoses in children under the age of two.
The wider U.S. recall also includes:
- Concentrated Infants' Tylenol Drops Plus Cold.
- Concentrated Infants' Tylenol Drops Plus Cold & Cough.
- Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant.
- Pediacare Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough.
- Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough.
- Dimetapp Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops.
- Dimetapp Decongestant Infant Drops.
- Little Colds Decongestant Plus Cough.
- Little Colds Multi-Symptom Cold Formula.
- Robitussin Infant Cough DM Drops.
- Triaminic Infant & Toddler Thin Strips.
- Decongestant and Triaminic Infant & Toddler Thin Strips Decongestant Plus Cough.
Cough and cold medicines intended for children aged two and older are not included in the recall.
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