Johnson and Johnson recalled specific infant cough and cold products today, saying that “rare” instances of improper use, particularly in infants under two years old, have lead to overdoses. These products include:
- Infants’ Tylenol Drops Plus Cold
- Concentrated Infants’ Tylenol Drops Plus Cold & Cough
- Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant
- Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant and Cough
- Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant
- Pediacare Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough
- Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant and Cough (PE) products
This recall does not include cough and cold products for children two years and older, or products that are single-ingredient pain reliever and fever reducers expressly labeled for infants.
The Washington Post article is here.
This certainly got my attention. I use, or have used, one product on that list. Of course, I used it properly and after my doctor said it was fine. Still…it makes me second-guess myself; should I give my child this medicine? On the other hand, how can you not give a sick child something if you think it will help?
Well, now the FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory committee will be meeting this month to discuss the use of cough and cold drugs by children. I will be very interested to see what comes out of that meeting.