Children’s liquid acetaminophen to be standardized to prevent overdose
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has announced the intentions of over the counter medication manufacturers to provide a single concentration of pediatric liquid acetaminophen in order to decrease the risk that parents may accidentally overdose their children.
The transition time for the implementation of this new standardization will begin by the middle of the summer, at which point parents and caregivers can still use the products that are currently available that provide dosing instructions on their labeling. However, by the end of the transition period, the only acetaminophen products that will be available are those in the 160mg/5mL concentration for children of 12 years old or younger. Infant drops concentrations that are currently available will removed from store shelves.
Scott Melville, the president and CEO of the CHPA, said “CHPA member companies are voluntarily making this conversion to one concentration to help make it easier for parents and caregivers to appropriately use single-ingredient liquid acetaminophen”. Melville explained that the goal for the CHPA continues to be to provide caregivers and parents what they require to ensure that their children are receiving the proper dosing of the medications.
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