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  Changes Coming for Infant, Children’s acetaminophen

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The current formula of liquid acetaminophen marketed specifically for infants will soon be disappearing from shelves. In its place, the medication will be sold in the same concentration as for children, over-the-counter drug makers announced last week.

The switch to a standard strength of the pain-relief medication will take place mid-2011, according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Assn., which represents almost all brand-name and generic over-the-counter drug makers in the U.S.

Acetaminophen for infants currently comes in two strengths: 80 mg/0.8mL and 80 mg/1 mL. Now only one strength will be offered: 160 mg/5 mL, the same strength currently sold for children ages 2 to 12.

Children’s packages will continue to have dosing cups, however the infant products will now have syringes with restrictors to limit the flow.

Also on Wednesday, the FDA announced a guide for how cups, droppers, syringes and spoons packaged with liquid over-the-counter drugs are to be labeled to correspond with the directions.

This news comes in wake of a study released in November, where researchers found that among 148 children’s over-the-counter products that came with a measuring device, 146 had inconsistencies such as missing or unnecessary markings. disclaimer: This article:   Changes Coming for Infant, Children’s acetaminophen was posted on Sunday, May 15th, 2011 at 1:55 pm at and is filed under Uncategorized.

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