FDA to recommend against use of cough-cold for children under two
WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce Thursday that cough and cold medicines are not appropriate for use in children under the age of two. Medicines marketed to this age group carried the warning “consult your physician” for children under age two up until the fall of last year, when industry voluntarily pulled all product marketed for use in toddlers off the market.
The move was heralded by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. “Safety has always been and continues to be our top priority,” stated Linda Suydam, CHPA president. “Last fall, the leading makers of OTC, oral cough and cold medicines for infants voluntarily withdrew these medicines out of concern that their potential misuse could lead to possible overdose among very young children. While CHPA and its member companies believe that the large majority of parents and caregivers know how to safely and appropriately administer these medicines, and that they are safe when taken as directed, we took this voluntary action recognizing that infants are especially vulnerable to accidental misuse.”
Suydam noted that the CHPA has already kicked off a new educational campaign for parents and caregivers of small children.
The decision follows an FDA advisory committee meeting held in October, which addressed safety and efficacy of cough/cold products in children. A decision on whether or not cough-cold medicines are appropriate for children older than two is expected in the spring.
NPA recommends women avoid undernutrition with daily vitamin
WASHINGTON The Natural Products Association on Wednesday responded to recommendations that women supplement with a daily vitamin to help combat undernutrition, as published this week in the The Lancet in its Series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition.
“For all the problems for which there are still no solutions—undernnutrition is not one of them. From that perspective, this report is deeply disturbing,” stated Daniel Fabricant, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. “On the other hand, it is also very promising because the solutions are at hand—getting people the know-how and the nutrition they need when they need it,” he said.
Supplementing inadequate diets with nutrients like folic acid and vitamin A, which are named in the report, is both an easy and inexpensive solution in helping to prevent birth defects, he added.
“Reports like this, that identify simple and easy ways to save millions of lives—and improve the quality of life for millions more—through an act as simple as taking a vitamin daily, are welcome,” he concluded.
Report predicts near 40 percent growth in sales of pet supplements
NEW YORK Sales of dietary supplements for people’s furry friends is expected to jump some 39 percent by 2012 to a market size of $1.7 billion, according to a new report from Packaged Facts released Wednesday.
Pet supplements represent the bulk of sales, 74 percent through 2007, but nutraceutical treats are expected to increase their presence in the market, Packaged Facts reported. Forces driving that market growth include pet owners’ growing interest in pet products, an aging and overweight pet population, a steady influx of new products and increased usage of clinically proven supplements by the veterinary community.
“Nearly all pet owners value their pets for love and companionship and consider them family members,” noted Tatjana Meerman, publisher of Packaged Facts. “Marketers have been successful in tapping into consumers’ willingness to pamper their pets by providing them with the highest-quality, healthiest products available at almost any cost.”
Current market trends have been sustained through the sales of small animal supplements and nutraceutical treats in pet specialty shops, which account for more than 43 percent of sales, according to Packaged Facts estimates. The remaining 57 percent of sales are through veterinarian offices, health and natural stores and mass-market outlets, including online retailing.