Concerns over dosing instructions on children's meds

May 17, 2011

The panel is trying to decide whether to recommend that the dosing instructions on the labels of medicines containing acetaminophen need to be fine-tuned to protect children under the age of 2.

The concerns are over dosing and liver failure and death.

Currently, labels have dosing instructions for children ages 2 and up. For kids under 2, the labels simply tell parents to "ask a doctor."

The American Academy of Pediatrics feels dosing should be based on weight, not age.

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