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CHPA Calls for Expanding Acetaminophen Dosing Instructions

September 17, 2013

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has requested the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take further actions to provide easier access and accurate dosing information for consumers who use liquid acetaminophen products for young children.

The CHPA has submitted a citizen petition for the FDA to have acetaminophen product manufacturers include dosing information for children between the ages of six months to two years on the Drug Facts label. Currently, acetaminophen products are labeled to "ask a doctor" in the dosing instructions for children in the given age group.

The CHPA suggests labeling could be clearer to reduce confusion and the likelihood of dosing errors and estimates for caretakers of children less than two years of age. The CHPA also recommended a single chart based on standardized age and weight - based on the researched and established dosing recommendations of multiple pediatric and primary care medical association treatment guidelines.

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