Over-the-Counter Cough Medicines Escape FDA Restrictions

Doctors, schools and law enforcement have been concerned about young people abusing the active ingredient in many over-the-counter cough remedies -- but the medicines will likely remain available without a prescription. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted today against requiring prescriptions for dextromethorphan (DXM), which was responsible for an estimated 7,988 emergency department visits in 2008, up from 4,634 in 2004, according to FDA documents. The panel opposed...Full Story
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