A Spoon Full of Sugar Helps the Wrong Dose of Medicine Go Down?
Your child is warm to the touch and has body aches from head to toe. Do you turn to your medicine cabinet and choose from the variety of the over the counter (OTC) medications you have on hand (i.e. pain killers, cough/cold, allergy, gastrointestinal types) to treat him?
Do you then proceed to your silverware drawer and pour the dose onto your everyday tea/table spoon before slipping it into his mouth? Hours elapse and the fever remains consistently high. A quick call to the doctor and you're informed that you didn't administer enough of the OTC medication, even though you followed the label. But did you?
Part of trouble is, more often than not, dosing devices are absent from the packaging. When they are available to the consumer, many times the dosing on the device doesn't match the bottle of medicine it came with.
Why isn't there a system in place set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which mandates the two correspond?
The December issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association has parents in an uproar. A study was conducted over the course of one year by researchers of the New York University of Medicine. 200 samples of OTC children's medications was researched. 1 in 4 did not provide a measuring device and many that did, did not match the label.
Dr. H. Shonna Yin, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at NYU, co-led the study and says, "This study is intended to establish baselines. The plan is to take another look in a year or so to see if changes have been made."Continued on the next page