OTC cough medicines removed from shelves after safety concerns

OTC cough medicines for young children are to be removed from the shelves following safety concerns.

The Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised that certain medicines should no longer be used in children under the age of two because of fears of accidental overdose.

The MHRA found 12 ingredients in the cough medicines that could be harmful.

The medicines in question are Asda children's chesty cough syrup, Calcough chesty, Boots chesty cough syrup one year plus, Children's chesty cough, Boots sore throat and cough linctus one year plus and Buttercup infant cough syrup.

Professor Rosalind Smyth, chairwoman of the Commission on Human Medicines Expert Advisory Group, said: ‘Coughs and colds are generally self-limiting conditions which will get better themselves usually within a few days.

‘The management of symptoms in the under-twos is best achieved with treatment to control fever, ibuprofen or paracetamol, together with simple cough mixtures.'

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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