FDA panel votes to ban OTC cold, cough meds for young children

10/21/2007 | NYTimes.com

An FDA advisory panel voted 13-9 Friday to ban over-the-counter cold and cough medicines for children ages 2 to 5 years old, after concluding that the drugs were not effective in treating cold symptoms and could cause harm in some cases. Drug manufacturers said they would challenge the panel's recommendation, and the FDA's head of new drugs says the agency will look at the recommendations and "decide what the path forward might be."

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