Statement from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) regarding the U.S. House Appropriations Committee comments on Acetaminophen Dosing for Children:

“CHPA applauds the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee for comments in their recent committee report urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to update the OTC Monograph label for acetaminophen to include weight-based dosing instructions for children ages six months to two years. Safe use of acetaminophen is a top priority for OTC manufacturers and this industry has taken numerous steps including increasing the visibility of acetaminophen as an active ingredient on product labels and packaging, standardizing infant and children’s concentrations, and adding flow restrictors as well as age-appropriate dosing devices with bottles of OTC single-ingredient liquid pediatric acetaminophen products. CHPA also previously submitted a citizen petition requesting FDA publish a ‘statement of enforcement policy’ permitting manufacturers to include dosing information for children ages six months to two years on the Drug Facts label of these OTC medicines.

“Consumer education is also key, and the CHPA Educational Foundation helps lead the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition and their Know Your Dose campaign to educate consumers about safe use. The campaign reminds consumers to always read and follow labels, to know if medicines contain acetaminophen, and to never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time. The coalition advisors include FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and these messages and materials have been distributed by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, regulatory agencies, and retailers nationwide.”

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The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 138-year-old national trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the U.S. healthcare system more than $7, contributing a total of $146 billion in savings each year. CHPA is committed to empowering consumer self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products. chpa.org
 

 

Contact: Mike Tringale (MTringale@chpa.org)

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