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USA Today reports this morning that the nation’s drug companies have agreed to a voluntary recall of all over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for infants and toddlers under 2.

According to the story, “The medicines have come under much fire. In September, FDA researchers recommended that their agency ban over-the-counter cough and cold products for kids. The researchers found that 54 children had died from 1969 to 2006 after taking kids' medicines that use the ingredients ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine. The FDA also found that 69 deaths of children were linked to antihistamines that contained diphenhydramine, brompheniramine and chlorpheniramine.

“Most of the children who died were under 2, and the FDA said that the medicines haven't been proved to work in little kids.”
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