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NZ Herald: Kids’ cold medicines warning

Peter Griffin posted in on June 9th, 2010.

In response to concerns over the safety and effectiveness of some drugs aimed at children, the Ministry of Health has said that cough and cold medicines for children are only to be sold in pharmacies. If available in supermarkets, the drugs will carry warnings that they are for adults only. An excerpt: (read in full […]

TVNZ/Newstalk ZB: Calls for restrictions on cough medicines

Peter Griffin posted in on March 9th, 2010.

Medsafe is calling for 70 cough and cold remedies to be banned from the shelves of supermarkets and dairies, citing concerns over their safety for children. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Food and Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich says it would mean that New Zealanders pay up to 45% more for the same […]

UK health watchdog issues warning on cold medicines

Peter Griffin posted in on March 2nd, 2009.

Britain’s healthcare watchdog, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has recommended that parents not give their children over-the-counter cold and flu medicines for fear that the risks of doing so outweigh the benefits. The agency claims there is no “robust evidence” to suggest the products work and side effects of using them can include […]

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