FDA Lowers Dosage Of Acetaminophen In Children’s Medications

by fst | January 4th, 2012

January 4, 2012

With changes recently being made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower doses of acetaminophen in medications for adults, the agency is now tackling lowering the dosages of the drug in medications for children and infants. According to an FDA Press Release, the changes come after an April 2011 report showed that confusion on dosages had caused overdoses in numerous children, causing them to become very sick. In some cases, death occurred from liver failure associated with the overdose.

The standard for children and infant versions of liquid acetaminophen has been more concentrated in the past (80 mg/0.8 mL or 1.0 mL). New versions of the medication will be less concentrated at 80mg/5 mL.

Because of the changes in concentration levels, the FDA says that it is vital that parents and caregivers of children double-check dosages before administering the drug to a child. They added that it is important to measure out dosages of the liquid acetaminophen only with the dosing device that was provided. Of course, always consult with your physician before giving nay kind of medication to a child.

The Indiana drug injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin often handle cases where caregivers or doctors have given patients the wrong dosage of medication to disastrous results. If you have been hurt because of a drug overdose that occurred because of another person’s negligence, contact us today to discuss your case in further detail.

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