FDA Drug Safety Communication: Addition of another concentration of liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants

FDA Drug Safety Communication: Addition of another concentration of liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants
From FDA - August 3, 2017

Safety Announcement
Additional Information for Patients
Additional Information for Healthcare Professionals
Additional Background Information

Safety Announcement

[12-22-2011] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that an additional concentration of liquid acetaminophen marketed for "infants" (160 mg/5 mL) is now available at local stores. Until now, liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants was only available in 80 mg/0.8 mL or 80 mg/mL concentrations. This change in the concentration will affect the amount of liquid given to an infant, and should be especially noted if someone is accustomed to using the 80 mg /0.8 mL or 80 mg/mL concentrations of liquid acetaminophen.

In addition to this change in concentration, this product may also be packaged with an oral syringe instead of a dropper.

To avoid confusion and the potential for dosing errors, consumers, parents, and caregivers should carefully read the Drug Facts label on the package to identify the concentration of the liquid acetaminophen (in mg/mL), dosage, and directions for use. Do not depend on banners stating it is a new product to identify different concentrations of liquid acetaminophen. Many products have similar banners.

It is also important to use the dosing device provided with the product in order to correctly measure the amount of liquid acetaminophen to be given. Patients and caregivers should contact their healthcare professional if they find the measuring device confusing or are unsure how to measure a dose for a child using the device provided.

Healthcare professionals should make sure to provide directions to patients that specify the concentration and dose of liquid acetaminophen that should be given to a child.

Figure. Both boxes in this example say "New" on the front, but only one of them contains the new concentration of liquid acetaminophen. Always read the Drug Facts label and dosing instructions and use the measuring device that came with the product.

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