Children’s Cold Medicine 

Although your first instinct may be to reach for children’s cold medicine when your child gets the sniffles, a runny nose, and a cough, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still researching the safety and effectiveness of cold medicine in children younger than two years old. In some cases, certain pediatric cold medicines have been voluntarily recalled by their manufacturers due to reports that these drugs were:

  • made with an unspecified amount of active ingredients, increasing the risk of overdose
  • contained unapproved filler ingredients
  • manufactured in unsanitary conditions

Recalled Children’s Cold Medicine

In May 2010, the FDA announced that McNeil Consumer Healthcare was voluntarily recalling more than 40 versions of the following brands of over-the-counter (OTC) infant and pediatric cold medication citing sub-par quality:

  • Benadryl
  • Motrin
  • Tylenol
  • Tylenol Plus
  • Zyrtec

Parents should NOT administer any of these over the counter drugs to their children; they should consult a pediatrician instead, and return the medication to the place of purchase for a full refund. Health complications reported to arise from children taking these recalled cough and cold medications include:

  • anxiety, nervousness, or restlessness
  • arrhythmia
  • cardiovascular collapse
  • dizziness
  • hypotension

Compensation for Injuries from Children’s Cold Medicine

Those who believe that their children have been injured as a result of taking recalled children’s cold medicines should first ensure that their children receive immediate medical care. Once the child’s health is stabilized and the risk of further complications is no longer an issue, parents should consider speaking to a skilled product liability attorney to be sure their rights have not been violated and to receive a professional, comprehensive assessment of their case.

Our defective drug lawyers are dedicated to helping victims compile and present the strongest possible case to prove that a drug manufacturer has been negligent. To encourage those with legal claims to stand up for their legal rights and seek the compensation they deserve, our defective drug attorneys will not charge clients any legal fees until or unless a settlement is awarded in their case.

You can learn more about your legal rights, receive a comprehensive assessment of your case, and get professional legal advice on the best way for you to proceed with legal action by calling today for a free initial consultation with an experienced children’s cold medicine lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation, and the lawyers at Chaffin Luhana can help. Call our toll free number for a free, no-obligation case evaluation: 1-888-480-1123.