Tips for parents: Do NOT use children’s medicine cups

Wouldn’t you think that the measuring cups that come with childhood medications would be accurate? Apparently that’s NOT the case.

Newsday reported that Rep. Steve Israel of New York said “he’s introducing legislation that would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to bolster safety” of the medicine cups that come with children’s OTC medicines.

Israel cited a statistic from a study “in the Journal of the American Medical Association” and “said 99 percent of medicine cups and dosing devices attached to children’s medications are flawed.”

He also “said that as the nation’s regulatory agency for drugs, the FDA is chartered to guard the health of people of all ages by requiring companies to provide clear dosing information and easy-to-use dosing devices — but ‘for 35 years the FDA has been inconsistent on medicine cup inconsistencies.'”

So, what’s a parent to do? I recommend you purchase an oral dosing syringe from your pharmacy for the dosing of ALL liquid medications for children and NOT use the cups that come with the medications.

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1 Response to Tips for parents: Do NOT use children’s medicine cups

  1. Johnna says:

    I found the cup problem very early on with my first child, 15 years ago. I have gone to using the oral dosing syringe 100% of the time, even with adult dosing when necessary. This way I feel much more convident that I am giving and/or receiving the correct dosage. By the way, most big pharmacies (Target, Wal-mart, etc…) will give you a dosage syringe free if you just ask them.

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