CHPA/FDA Give Spanish-Speaking Parents 10 Tips on Giving Medicine to Kids

Information is now available in English and Spanish

Washington, D.C. (May 11, 2005)—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA’s) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) have released the popular Kids Aren’t Just Small Adults pamphlet in Spanish. The informational pamphlet offers 10 tips on how to give over-the-counter (OTC) medicines safely to children.

“It’s so important for parents to understand that OTC medications are real medicines that must be taken with care,” said CHPA President Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A. “CHPA and FDA partnered to provide English- and Spanish-speaking parents helpful tips so that they may safely and responsibly give their children medicine.”

Recommendations in the pamphlet include reading and following the OTC Drug Facts label, which contains all the information necessary to safely give a medicine to a child; becoming familiar with active ingredients; and using the appropriate dosing or measuring tool.

“FDA is committed to educating the public about products the Agency regulates,” said FDA’s Ellen Shapiro, director of CDER's Division of Public Affairs. “Recommendations in this pamphlet are valuable year-round, and we are pleased to be able to offer them in both English and Spanish.”

Up to 100 copies of Kids Aren’t Just Small Adults or Los niños no son simplemente adultos pequeños may be ordered at: http://www.otcsafety.org/Publications/.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A copy of this news release in Spanish can be obtained by clicking here.

Contacts: Mandy Eisemann, FDA (301) 827-1670; Mimi Pappas, CHPA (202) 429-9260


CHPA is the 124-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplement products.