Reports from the NPS Medicines Line have suggested that consumers are receiving conflicting advice from pharmacists about the use of cough and cold medicines in children under 11, prompting NPS MedicineWise to urge pharmacists to review the recent Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advice.
Despite the TGA advice there are reports that some pharmacies are continuing to sell cough and cold medicines for children under six years old, with others refusing to sell them for children over this age without a prescription, says NPS Head of Programs Karen Kaye.
"This is not only misleading for consumers, but it is a serious safety concern. We urge pharmacists to review the recent advice from the TGA and discontinue sales of cough and cold medicines for children under six," says Ms Kaye.
"For children between the ages of six and 11, cough and cold medicines can still be sold but only on the advice of a doctor, pharmacist or nurse practitioner. Despite what some pharmacists are saying, these medicines do not require a prescription and their scheduling remains the same."
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