In the wake of product recalls over the past year, McNeil Consumer Healthcare is taking steps to improve product safety and, in the case of kids' over-the-counter medications, standardize the concentration across all infants' and children's acetaminophen products on the market. McNeil has worked closely with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association to share its plans with other manufacturers. Changes to its Infants' and Children's Tylenol are expected before the next cold and flu season.
"The existing products are safe and effective when used as directed and, while most parents and caregivers use pediatric acetaminophen products appropriately, there have been instances where caregivers confused the Infants' and Children's concentrations," says Dr. Edwin Kuffner, vice president of OTC Medical Affairs & Clinical Research for McNeil Consumer Healthcare. "Our goal is to reduce this occurrence by standardizing dosing across our products and age groups."
Dr. Kuffner says plans for safety improvements are not related to any recall action. He has represented McNeil at multiple FDA advisory committee meetings on topics including the safety and efficacy of acetaminophen, phenylephrine and pediatric cough and cold medicines.
"As part of McNeil's commitment to consumer safety, we are constantly looking for ways to innovate and provide caregivers with the best possible products," he says.
Packaging improvements will make administering the medication easy and exact. They'll also help keep children from getting into the bottle themselves. The new Infants' Tylenol bottle will have a protective opening and a new push-in syringe instead of the dropper. Parents can insert the syringe into the bottle top to draw out the right dose, allowing for better control and reducing spillage -- easy! It's especially helpful when you're tired and up in the middle of the night when your child is fighting a bad cold.
Children's Tylenol will also have an improved protective opening and dosing cup – no need for teaspoons.
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