Child Deaths Prompt FDA Warning on Cough Drug

After reviewing reports on 31 overdoses of the prescription cough medication benzonatate (Tessalon) — including the deaths of five toddlers — the FDA said it was beefing up the drug’s label warnings and urging parents to keep it out of reach of children.The product is sold in colored gelcaps with a “candy-like” appearance, the agency indicated in a press release.”Benzonatate should be kept in a child-resistant container and stored out of reach of children,” said Carol Holquist, director of the agency’s Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis.

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