Friday, April 28, 2006

FDA Warns Phenergan (Antihistamine) Linked to Deaths

From various sources, including the FDA website, Yahoo, and Reuters:

Parents and doctors were told this week not to give drugs that contain promethazine hydrochloride to children younger than 2 years of age. There are reprots of seven cases of death linked to use of the antihistamine.

The FDA's safety alert also noted that it also has received 22 reports of severe breathing problems associated with use of the allergy drug, all in children younger than two years of age.

The drug (also labelled Promethazine HCl) is sold by Wyeth. The warning covers all forms of the drug - Syrups, suppositories, tablets and injectable liquids.

According to the FDA, labels on all versions of the drug have been updated to reflect the new warnings.

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