Johnson & Johnson Recalling Some Cough Medicines For Children

Thursday, October 11th 2007, 9:32 am
By: News On 6

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (AP) _ Johnson & Johnson on Thursday voluntarily recalled certain infant cough and cold products, citing ``rare'' instances of misuse leading to overdoses.

In a statement, J&J's McNeil-PPC unit said the misuse could lead to overdoses ``particularly in infants under two years of age.''

The products being recalled include infants' Tylenol Drops Plus Cold; Concentrated Infants' Tylenol Drops Plus Cold & Cough; Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant; Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough; Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant; Pediacare Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough; and Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (PE) products.

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Cough and cold products for children age 2 and over and single-ingredient pain reliever and fever reducers expressly labeled for infants are not included in the recall.

The recall comes two months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory warning parents not to give cough and cold medications to children under 2 years of age without a doctor's direction.

The FDA's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee will meet Oct. 18-19 to discuss the use of cough and cold drugs by children.