Good on the UK authorities for ordering warning labels on cold medicines that have been linked to disastrous side effects. The warnings say that the medicines can’t be given to children under 6 and shouldn’t be given to under 12s.
I think it’s really worrying that over here our Government is dithering and taking a wait and see approach and will be sticking with the latest batch of labels that only have warnings about under 2s.
Clearly, they haven’t heard of the precautionary principle i.e. stop children using these medicines until there is evidence that they can be used safely. Instead they want to wait and see if more children suffer, and potentially even die before doing something about it.
Why wait?? Both Canada and the UK authorities have warned against children under 6 being given these medicines on the basis that they are ineffective and they can cause harm, allergies and even death – but this is not enough for Medsafe.
In what seems to be a bit of a contradictory position – Medsafe’s Dr Jessamine has also been quoted as saying the British review does not surprise them as other studies in the US and Canada back up the findings. So again- why are we are we waiting for further evidence??
I reckon the Government needs to stop dithering and change the warnings as soon as possible!!
Products covered by the British warnings