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FDA Conspires with Cold Medicine Manufacturers to Keep Selling Dangerous Products to Four Year Olds

By Mike Adams, October 13, 2008 | Key concepts: Cold medicines, FDA and Children's health

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When the cold medicine manufacturers announced they were suddenly restricting the advertising of their useless products to stop pushing them onto infants, what they forgot to tell the public was that they conspired, behind closed doors, with the FDA to set these new rules. The FDA even pushed the companies to keep promoting the use of such useless medicines to four year olds, even though pediatricians have warned they should never be used in children under six. This is just the latest example of the FDA protecting Big Pharma at the expense of public health.

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FDA Conspires with Cold Medicine Manufacturers to Keep Selling Dangerous Products to Four Year Olds

From Ap.google.com: FDA officials proposed the cutoff earlier this year in private discussions with the industry, government and industry officials confirmed Friday. The companies agreed, and this week announced they were "voluntarily" changing their advice to parents. The maneuvering is an example of how government health officials and the industries they regulate seek to come to an accommodation behind the scenes on tricky issues. In this case, there is scant evidence that the widely used over-the-counter medicines really do work in children. Emergency-room data shows that they sicken some 7,000 kids a year, mostly because of overdoses.... more

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