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Over-the-counter medicines don’t work — and can be dangerous, say pediatricians November 17, 2007

Posted by Dreamhealer in Big Pharma.

Published: Friday, November 16, 2007

They’ve been a mainstay on drugstore shelves for decades. They come in many flavours — cherry, grape, bubblegum — all tailored to a child’s sugar-loving palate. And when your little one had an all-night cough or a nose runnier than a soft-boiled egg, you probably bought one of these over-the-counter (OTC) infant cough or cold medicines.

Because they work. Right?

Dani Donders, a mother of two, thought so. She’s given her sons Tylenol Infant Cold, and while the results weren’t spectacular, she believed it must do something; otherwise, drugstores wouldn’t sell it.

OTC pediatric cough and cold medicines are, indeed, popular. In the U.S., there are more than 800 varieties. According to Dr. Michael Rieder of the Canadian Pediatric Society, the under-six market in Canada is worth $80 million a year. Read More….


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