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FDA Investigation: Are Children’s Meds Deadly?

Earlier this month, The Food and Drug Administration announced that it was investigating voluntary recalls involving children’s versions of Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl. Now, the FDA has announced that it is looking into further reports that children’s medications made by Johnson & Johnson may be injuring or even killing users.

When the recall was announced at the beginning of the month, FDA officials said the chance of people getting sick from the products was “remote.” And while there have been 775 reported “adverse events,” including 30 deaths, the FDA does not see a clear link.

“At this time, FDA is not aware of any child being harmed by taking one of the recalled products,” said an FDA report. “The FDA is still investigating some of these adverse events to determine if the events were related to a child taking one of the recalled medicines.”

Johnson & Johnson has shut down manufacturing of the nonprescription medicines, which are made at its Fort Washington, Pennsylvania plant until the company gets clearance from the FDA to resume production.

(via: NY Daily News)

May 26th, 2010

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