Sunday, April 27, 2008

Tough rules coming for cough medicine

From the Batemans Bay Post Star (NSW, Australia)
Children younger than two years will soon have to see a doctor if they need cough syrup.

The National Drugs and Scheduling Committee has decided sedating antihistamines, found in medicines like Demazin and Dimetapp, will be classified as prescription medicines from September 1.

The decision follows reports of bad reactions like agitation, insomnia, hallucinations and oversedation in children in the US and UK.

At the moment, the medicines could only be bought under pharmacist supervision, Surf Beach Pharmacy pharmacist in charge Renee Hall said. ...more

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