Cold Medicines Removed

1 decade 2 years 8 months ago Monday, October 15 2007 Oct 15, 2007 Monday, October 15, 2007 1:44:15 AM CDT October 15, 2007 in News

The messages told pharmacists to immediately pull certain over-the-counter cold products from the shelves because of overdose concerns. For people of all ages, the common cold is just that...common.

"It's probably one of the most common reasons that we see kids in our office, especially at this time of year. From about mid-October to mid-March is peak cold and flu season," said Dr. Trent Rogers of Capital Region Pediatric Associates.

With cold season coming, many people turn to their local drug stores for relief. But parents of infants under age two won't find those cold and cough products on the shelves anymore due to the voluntary withdrawal by manufacturers. Medicine makers say the main concern is misuse, especially by accidental overdose in infants.

"With small children, especially under the age of two, there is a wide variance in sizes and weights, and getting the appropriate dosage is going to be very important," said Triston Brownfield of D&H Pharmacy.

Doctors say turning to over the counter medications isn't always best.

"The general approach of most parents when their child is sick is they want to make it better. But most cold medicines don't make it better, they are just designed to be symptom relievers, and they don't even do that really well. The only treatment that I tell parents works almost 100 percent of the time is time, just riding it out," Rogers said.

Pharmacists say product removals are pretty rare.

"A lot of times it's due to manufacturing processes or things that really don't affect the drug. It's more of a precautionary measure. It doesn't happen that often," Brownfield said.

Only certain medicines with recommended use for children under two were removed. Many pediatric cold and cough medicines are still on the market for older children.

Rogers said he's always steered patients from cold medicine for infants.

"When you weigh the benefits and risks of cold medicines, the risk of a cold being untreated...not very big. The risk of some of these cold medicines is actually kind of high," Rogers said.

You should check your medicine cabinet at home to see if you have any of the removed products. If you do have any of the medicine, manufacturers say you should not give them to children under two.

An FDA committee will meet this week to discuss the future of pediatric cold medicines. Manufacturers are working with the FDA for possible label changes on pediatric medicines still on the shelves.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A group of Columbia solid waste customers are pushing for roll carts to replace the current system. ... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, July 11 2020 Jul 11, 2020 Saturday, July 11, 2020 7:07:00 PM CDT July 11, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, July 11 2020 Jul 11, 2020 Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:24:00 AM CDT July 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Medical marijuana could be available in dispensaries this fall, now that two cultivation facilities passed inspection and... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, July 11 2020 Jul 11, 2020 Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:17:00 AM CDT July 11, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City councilwoman is calling for a plan to remove monuments and rename streets... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, July 11 2020 Jul 11, 2020 Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:00:34 AM CDT July 11, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS — KSDK News 5 On Your Side has learned St. Louis police officers executed a search warrant... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, July 11 2020 Jul 11, 2020 Saturday, July 11, 2020 9:49:00 AM CDT July 11, 2020 in News
MARSHALL - An employee of The Living Center at Fitzgibbon Hospital tested positive for COVID-19 after showing no signs of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 9:40:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -- The 90-day mask ordinance passed by Columbia’s City Council went into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday. The... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 6:48:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The City announced eleven drop-off recycling locations after it put curbside recycling on hold until further notice Wednesday.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 6:13:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia's mask ordinance officially went into place at 5 p.m. on Friday, but many businesses in the city... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 5:35:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Summer sport leagues in Columbia have been trying to keep athletes safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Mid-Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 4:36:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
HUNTSVILLE - An employee at the Randolph County Sheriff's Department was fired after body camera video was released to a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 3:49:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are looking into two reports of indecent conduct on the MKT Trail, both of which happened within... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 3:39:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Tiger Academy of Gymnastics is hosting a summer camp for kids to attend, but it is going to look... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 2:22:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – As Boone County struggles to keep up with the need for contact tracing in the community, volunteers are... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 12:49:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - UM System leaders unveiled a new plan to bring broadband access to a rural pilot community on Wednesday.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 12:09:00 PM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Bicentennial Bridge project is a $3.75 million dollar bridge to connect the Missouri State Capitol Complex... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 11:51:43 AM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved Missouri’s request for a federal disaster declaration for severe storms in... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 11:38:46 AM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – The city mask ordinance for Columbia goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and education will be... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 10 2020 Jul 10, 2020 Friday, July 10, 2020 11:00:00 AM CDT July 10, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
2am 77°
3am 73°
4am 71°
5am 70°