Health Advisors Say Children Under 6 Shouldn't Take Cold & Cough Medicine

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government advisers say cold and cough medicines should not be given to children younger than 6.

The advisers made that recommendation today at the end of a two-day meeting. The advisory panel is also urging more studies into the over-the-counter medicines.

Earlier today, an American Academy of Pediatrics official told the panel earlier that the medicines don't work in children under 6 and may be dangerous. The drug industry says the medicines do work and are safe.

The panel's nonbinding recommendation is likely to shake up how the medicines are labeled, marketed and used.

The FDA isn't required to follow the advice of its panels of outside experts but does so most of the time.

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