Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Legal Pub 10-20-07 Warning About Cold Medicine Confirmed in Recent U.S. Centers For Deisease Control and Prevention Report Update 5-4-10- by Legal Pub


Need proof that Legal Pub is on the cutting edge of news? Look back on our 10-20-07 warning about children taking cough medicine. LINK Now the American Academy of Pediatrics will publish a story confirming the same based on a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. (April issue of Pediatrics.)Two-thirds of the ER visits involving cold medicine involved children who took the medicines unsupervised. One-quarter involved cases in which parents gave the proper dosage and an allergic reaction or some other problem developed. Two weeks ago the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned parents that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are not safe for children younger than 2.

1,600 of the estimated 7,100 children who visited the E.R. because of complications from cold medicine were under 2. Consequently, by following theFDA's guidance, such ER visits should be reduced by 23 percent. About two-thirds of the cases involved kids ages 2 to 5 and recommendations for this age group are still being formulated.
said the CDC's Dr. Melissa Schaefer, sums it up succinctly, "No medication left in the hands of a 3-year-old is safe."

The reports were not specific about symptoms or the number of deaths involved. Advice to parents: Never encourage children to take any medicine by telling them it tastes like candy and avoid giving young children any medicine without first talking to a doctor or pharmacist. (That advice remains no matter how hard they beg... see photo!)

Update 5-5-10: Another recall of children’s over-the-counter medicine. This time by McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalling some Children’s Liquid Motrin, Children’s Tylenol suspension, Children’s Zyrtec and Children’s Allergy Liquid Benydrl medicine. So far no reports of illness related to the recall. Nevertheless, the Food and Drug Administration are asking consumers not to use these products. Some of the medicine could have the wrong amount of active ingredients or the wrong amount of inactive ingredients. The recall includes: TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 1 OZ. GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-144-01; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.5 OZ. GRAPE FLAVOR* 50580-144-15; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 1 OZ. CHERRY DYE FREE 50580-167-01; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.5 OZ. CHERRY FLAVOR 50580-143-15; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 1 OZ. CHERRY FLAVOR 50580-143-30; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.5 OZ. GRAPE – HOSPITAL 50580-144-18; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.25 OZ. GRAPE – SAMPLE 50580-144-40
CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSIONS, CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 2 OZ. CHERRY BLAST FLAVOR 50580-123-02; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. CHERRY BLAST FLAVOR 50580-123-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® DYE-FREE SUSPENSION 4 OZ. CHERRY FLAVOR 50580-166-04;
CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. GRAPE SPLASH 50580-296-04;
CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. BUBBLEGUM FLAVOR 50580-407-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. VERY BERRY STRAWBERRY FLAVOR 50580-493-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 1 OZ. CHERRY BLAST FLAVOR – SAMPLE 50580-123-01; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. CHERRY BLAST FLAVOR – HOSPITAL 50580-123-03;
CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSIONS. Also recalled: CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COUGH & SORE THROAT CHERRY FLAVOR 50580-247-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COUGH & RUNNY NOSE CHERRY FLAVOR 50580-249-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS DYE-FREE SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COLD & STUFFY NOSE GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-253-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS DYE-FREE SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COLD & COUGH GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-254-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS DYE-FREE SUSPENSION 4 OZ. MULTI-SYMPTOM COLD GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-255-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. FLU BUBBLEGUM FLAVOR 50580-386-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COLD GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-387-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COLD & ALLERGY BUBBLEGUM FLAVOR 50580-390-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. MULTI-SYMPTOM COLD GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-391-04; MOTRIN® INFANTS’ DROPS CONCENTRATED MOTRIN® INFANTS’ DROPS 1 OZ. BERRY DYE FREE 50580-198-01; CONCENTRATED MOTRIN® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.5 OZ. BERRY DYE FREE 50580-198-15; CONCENTRATED MOTRIN® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.5 OZ. BERRY FLAVOR* 50580-100-15.
Also recalled:
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSIONS
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. BERRY DYE FREE 50580-184-04, 2 OZ. BERRY FLAVOR 50580-601-02, 4 OZ. BERRY FLAVOR 50580-601-04,
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. TROPICAL PUNCH FLAVOR 50580-215-04 and Grape Flavor 50580-603-04.

Also listed:
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. BUBBLEGUM FLAVOR 50580-604-04
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 1 OZ. GRAPE SAMPLE 50580-603-01
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 1 OZ. BUBBLEGUM SAMPLE 50580-604-01
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 1 OZ. BERRY SAMPLE 50580-601-01
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. BERRY HOSPITAL 50580-601-50
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COLD BERRY FLAVOR 50580-902-04
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® LIQUIDS IN BOTTLES
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® 4 OZ. BUBBLEGUM SYRUP 50580-721-04
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® DYE FREE 4 OZ. GRAPE SYRUP 50580-730-04
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® SUGAR-FREE DYE-FREE 0.5 OZ GRAPE 50580-730-15
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® SUGAR-FREE DYE-FREE 0.5 OZ BUBBLEGUM 50580-721-15
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® SUGAR-FREE DYE-FREE 2 X 4 OZ. BUBBLEGUM LIQUID 50580-721-08
CHILDREN’S BENADRYL® ALLERGY LIQUIDS IN BOTTLES
CHILDREN’S BENADRYL® ALLERGY 4 OZ. BUBBLEGUM FLAVORED LIQUID 50580-535-04.
So warned...


Update 7-10-10: Johnson & Johnson has expanded their recall of over-the-counter medicines to "various brands of Tylenol for children and adults and several forms of its Benadryl allergy tablets and Motrin painkiller" as a precaution. Some of the packaging materials used could be traced back to the wooden pallet that was linked to TBA in the previously recalled medications. The recall was initiated due to a musty, moldy odor. Read Article: Reuters


17 comments:

jill said...

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Great advice to us parents. Thanks for the heads up back in October. I emptied my cabinets back then.

Jill

your secret l.a. reader said...

The kid is adorable. What agency does he work for? I may want to get his contact information if you don't mind. Please shoot me an email. Need to got to sleep now...


Your Secret L.A. Reader

Missy said...

Kid is adorable but the story is better! Let's keep getting the word out about no cold medicine for youngsters!

Missy

Legal Pub said...

Secret Reader:

I do not think the young boy has signed yet with an agency but you can check with his mom if you desire.. Rumor has it he may be the next star of Home Alone: The Next Generation.

Stay out of the news and make J.J. proud. :)

Ms Calabaza said...

As usual, Legal Pub you are on top of things. I loved the advice to young moms about not telling kids it tastes like candy. People really need to be wary of otc drugs.

That little boy is just too cute!

penny said...

I agree with Ms. Calabaza. Great advice to mothers. The candy thing is bad!


Penny

colleency said...

There are WAY too many otc meds available - to babies/kids/ and grownups. It's easy to overmedicate and have unexpected interactions.

Sometimes, hot tea, chicken soup, and sleep work just as well.

Legal Pub said...

I agree with Colleency, never underestimate the benefit of warm soup and a hug.

Anonymous said...

Kid looks like Denise the Menus

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Legal Pub scores! That's why I read the column

Penny said...

Don't know how you do it, but keep it up!


Penny

Anonymous said...

Great warning article!

Anonymous said...

Super. Thanks

mother of three said...

This was the absolute best article on the subject. You gave it to us before mainstream, and for that I thank you.

Mother of three

Legal Pub said...

Update 5-5-10: Another recall of children’s over-the-counter medicine. This time by McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalling some Children’s Liquid Motrin, Children’s Tylenol suspension, Children’s Zyrtec and Children’s Allergy Liquid Benydrl medicine. So far no reports of illness related to the recall. Nevertheless, the Food and Drug Administration are asking consumers not to use these products. Some of the medicine could have the wrong amount of active ingredients or the wrong amount of inactive ingredients. The recall includes: TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 1 OZ. GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-144-01; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.5 OZ. GRAPE FLAVOR* 50580-144-15; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 1 OZ. CHERRY DYE FREE 50580-167-01; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.5 OZ. CHERRY FLAVOR 50580-143-15; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 1 OZ. CHERRY FLAVOR 50580-143-30; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.5 OZ. GRAPE – HOSPITAL 50580-144-18; CONCENTRATED TYLENOL® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.25 OZ. GRAPE – SAMPLE 50580-144-40
CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSIONS, CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 2 OZ. CHERRY BLAST FLAVOR 50580-123-02; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. CHERRY BLAST FLAVOR 50580-123-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® DYE-FREE SUSPENSION 4 OZ. CHERRY FLAVOR 50580-166-04;
CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. GRAPE SPLASH 50580-296-04;
CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. BUBBLEGUM FLAVOR 50580-407-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. VERY BERRY STRAWBERRY FLAVOR 50580-493-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 1 OZ. CHERRY BLAST FLAVOR – SAMPLE 50580-123-01; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. CHERRY BLAST FLAVOR – HOSPITAL 50580-123-03;
CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSIONS. Also recalled: CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COUGH & SORE THROAT CHERRY FLAVOR 50580-247-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COUGH & RUNNY NOSE CHERRY FLAVOR 50580-249-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS DYE-FREE SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COLD & STUFFY NOSE GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-253-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS DYE-FREE SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COLD & COUGH GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-254-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS DYE-FREE SUSPENSION 4 OZ. MULTI-SYMPTOM COLD GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-255-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. FLU BUBBLEGUM FLAVOR 50580-386-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COLD GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-387-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COLD & ALLERGY BUBBLEGUM FLAVOR 50580-390-04; CHILDREN’S TYLENOL® PLUS SUSPENSION 4 OZ. MULTI-SYMPTOM COLD GRAPE FLAVOR 50580-391-04; MOTRIN® INFANTS’ DROPS CONCENTRATED MOTRIN® INFANTS’ DROPS 1 OZ. BERRY DYE FREE 50580-198-01; CONCENTRATED MOTRIN® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.5 OZ. BERRY DYE FREE 50580-198-15; CONCENTRATED MOTRIN® INFANTS’ DROPS 0.5 OZ. BERRY FLAVOR* 50580-100-15. Also recalled: CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSIONS
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. BERRY DYE FREE 50580-184-04, 2 OZ. BERRY FLAVOR 50580-601-02, 4 OZ. BERRY FLAVOR 50580-601-04,
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. TROPICAL PUNCH FLAVOR 50580-215-04 and Grape Flavor 50580-603-04.

Also listed:
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. BUBBLEGUM FLAVOR 50580-604-04
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 1 OZ. GRAPE SAMPLE 50580-603-01
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 1 OZ. BUBBLEGUM SAMPLE 50580-604-01
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 1 OZ. BERRY SAMPLE 50580-601-01
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. BERRY HOSPITAL 50580-601-50
CHILDREN’S MOTRIN® SUSPENSION 4 OZ. COLD BERRY FLAVOR 50580-902-04
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® LIQUIDS IN BOTTLES
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® 4 OZ. BUBBLEGUM SYRUP 50580-721-04
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® DYE FREE 4 OZ. GRAPE SYRUP 50580-730-04
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® SUGAR-FREE DYE-FREE 0.5 OZ GRAPE 50580-730-15
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® SUGAR-FREE DYE-FREE 0.5 OZ BUBBLEGUM 50580-721-15
CHILDREN’S ZYRTEC® SUGAR-FREE DYE-FREE 2 X 4 OZ. BUBBLEGUM LIQUID 50580-721-08
CHILDREN’S BENADRYL® ALLERGY LIQUIDS IN BOTTLES
CHILDREN’S BENADRYL® ALLERGY 4 OZ. BUBBLEGUM FLAVORED LIQUID 50580-535-04. So warned...

Legal Pub said...

Update 7-10-10: Johnson & Johnson has expanded their recall of over-the-counter medicines to "various brands of Tylenol for children and adults and several forms of its Benadryl allergy tablets and Motrin painkiller" as a precaution. Some of the packaging materials used could be traced back to the wooden pallet that was linked to TBA in the previously recalled medications. The recall was initiated due to a musty, moldy odor. Read Article: Reuters

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