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Don't use cold medications on kids, Brits warn

BRITAIN'S healthcare watchdog at the weekend urged parents not to give many over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to children on the grounds that the risks outweigh the benefits.

The government's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said there was no "robust evidence" that many popular products worked, while side-effects included sleeping difficulties, allergic reactions and even hallucinations.

Clinical trials have traditionally not been required to demonstrate that products work specifically in children but the agency said this thinking was changing.

"It is not right to assume safety and efficacy based on children being small adults," said June Raine, MHRA's director of vigilance and risk management.

"Children should have access to medicines that are acceptably safe and designed for their use."

High street pharmacy Boots said it would be following the advice while the trade body for medicine manufacturers, the Proprietary Association of Great Britain, said the affected remedies would no longer be marketed for youngsters.


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