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.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.