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Study shows confusing labeling on child meds

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Some children's medicines could have potentially dangerous labeling discrepancies. A New York University pediatrician discovered that the directions for the recommended dose on some medicine bottles did not match up with the actual markings on the included dosing cup.He looked at 200 over-the-counter medicines and found that almost a quarter didn't even include measuring devices to get the correct dose, such as a cup or syringe, so parents had to find their own.

Of those that did, 99 percent did not match the written guidelines. Many dosers were marked in milliliters but instead had instructions listing teaspoons or tablespoons.


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