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February 2012, Volume 42 Number 2 , p 16 - 16


  • Michael R. Cohen ScD, MS, RPH


The manufacturer of Zarbee's All-Natural Children's Cough Syrup and the FDA have been alerted to an error on the product's label. As shown here, a line at the bottom of the label reads "1 Tsp 10 mL." In fact, 1 U.S. teaspoon equals about 5 mL. Inform parents who may be giving this product to their children about the error.All liquid acetaminophen products for children under age 12 are now being manufactured and distributed in the 160 mg/5 mL strength (32 mg/mL), including infant formulations that were formerly 80 mg/0.8 mL (100 mg/mL). However, the older formulation is still present in many households and being sold in some stores along with the new infant formulation, creating the potential for confusion and errors. Parents may not recognize the difference in formulations. Educate parents about reading the drug facts panel on each carton before administering any drug to infants or children. If their healthcare provider has prescribed a volume dose, advise parents to be certain they understand

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