EMed alerts about the changes in Acetamenophen

By abby, Updated: 04/23/2013 at 8:28am - Uncategorized
In an effort to reduce accidental overdoses that occur in infants given acetaminophen products, manufacturers have reduced the concentration of pain and fever reducing medications, causing new dos
age requirements, unbeknownst to many parents."Be very careful when you’re giving your infant acetaminophen” says Carol Holquist, director of FDA’s Division of Medical Error Prevention and Analysis.
The liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants has changed from 80 mg per 0.8mL or 80 mg per 1 mL to be the same concentration as the liquid acetaminophen marketed for children—160 mg per 5mL. This less concentrated liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants now has new dosing directions and may have a new dosing device in the box, such as an oral syringe.
Specifically, the FDA recommends parents and caregivers to do the following:

Read the Drug Facts label on the package very carefully to identify the concentration of the liquid acetaminophen, the correct dosage, and the directions for use.
Do not depend on a banner proclaiming that the product is "new.” Some medicines with the old concentration also have this headline on their packaging.
Use only the dosing device provided with the purchased product in order to correctly measure the right amount of liquid acetaminophen.
Consult your pediatrician before giving this medication and make sure you’re both talking about the same concentration.
EMed Jamaica has several doctors with in our partnerships you can consult. EMed cares about you and your children. To consult an EMed endorsed pediatrician call 1-876-312-1119 today for a list of pediatricians.