When I was listening to "Utah's Official Christmas Station" today (so I could stand the thought of more shopping), a commercial came on for SmallFamilies.us. I don't know if anyone else out there has noticed this commercial or if everyone else has moved on to internet radio stations. (My brother is amazed I still watch TV with commercials.) Basically, the commercial starts out talking about how great families are if there are four of you or just the two of you and then talks about "it's okay to plan," etc. This commercial has set me on edge to the point I have to rant about it on here. Please forgive me. I can't stop myself.
Amanda S. has requested a guided tour of the children's cough and cold aisle--and you all get to come along! Step lightly here--this aisle is full of craziness.
If you’ve been paying attention you may have noticed the FDA making some serious changes to the labeling of kid’s cough and cold medicines. Almost every box on the aisle says it should not be used in children under 2 and a doctor should be consulted before using it in children under 4 (sometimes 6). For the most part, the parents I have explained this to quickly realize this is a conspiracy by the FDA to make children suffer thereby keeping their parents up all night thereby turning them into zombies the FDA can test anti-zombie vaccines on. Or something like that. As much as I would love for this to be true the real reason is slightly less interesting.
I have received a request to do a walkthrough of children’s cough and cold products. (My first request—I’m so excited!) So I thought I would use this post to lay some groundwork by explaining how a pharmacist reads labels on over-the-counter (OTC) medications (contain your excitement).
Firstly, and most importantly, I never base any decisions on the front of a package. Drug companies spend a lot of money on “smoke and mirrors” and plenty of that money is in the packaging. However, the people in charge of such things (the FDA) forced them to put all the important information on the back in black and white, literally. These “Drug Facts” labels make things easy as pie. (Mmmm…pie…)