US regulators BAN under-12s from using strong cough syrups in fierce move against painkiller industry

Mail Online | 4/20/2017 | Mia De Graaf For Dailymail.com
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US regulators have issued the strongest warning possible against treating children with cough syrup that contains opioid painkillers.

Makers of pain medicines that contain codeine and tramadol will now have to change the labels to ban users from giving them to children under 12 years old.

Rules - Investigation - Risk - Breathing - Death

The new rules come after an investigation found a high risk of slowed breathing and death in young users.

Manufacturers will also have to urge limited use in older children and pregnant women.

Move - Push - Painkillers - America - Addiction

The move comes amid a national push to control and investigate painkillers as America battles a burgeoning addiction epidemic.

It did not come without warning.

Agency - Use - Codeine - Tramadol - Children

In 2013, the agency warned against use of codeine and tramadol in children and adolescents to treat pain after surgery to remove tonsils.

Some of the products containing these drugs are only available by prescription, but some over-the-counter cough medicines contain...
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