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The FDA announced on Wednesday that it would examine the efficacy of over the counter cough and cold medicines in children by calling together experts in the field this fall to discuss the growing discord over their use. In the meantime, the FDA has advised parents not to administer cough medicines to children under two years of age without a doctor’s order.

Several doctors have raised questions after a CDC study revealed that two young children died using OTC cough medicines. There has also been some serious debate among physicians as to whether the cough and cold medications have any valuable effect on children six years and younger.

The advisory panel is a group of experts from outside the FDA, and will convene on the 18th and 19th of October. There a panel will examine relative risks and benefits and issue final recommendations.

For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Drugs, Medical Devices, & Implants.

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