Monday, 1 October 2007

FDA to fight cough supressant industry over ingredient

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Cough syrup and suppressant products that contain the unapproved hydrocodone ingredient will soon be targeted by the FDA for removal from shelves, according to the federal agency.

The ingredient is included in more than 200 cough suppressants, and it's not approved for over-the-counter drug products. The FDA appears especially concerned about cough suppressant products marketed to kids which contain this component. Why? Well, hydrocodone is a narcotic, naturally.

Ever hear of kids getting high from cough syrup? That's been a well-known problem for years, but for some reason the inclusion of hydrocodone into many easily-purchasable products has not caught the eye of the FDA until now. It's good to know that the agency is catching up with the times, yes?

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