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Monday, August 27, 2012
FDA Investigates Codeine Safety After Children’s Deaths
An article worth reading when it comes to prescribing any medication with codeine to kids after surgery.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it was investigating the safety of codeine for post-operative pain relief in children following reports of three deaths and one life-threatening emergency related to its use after tonsil surgery.
The children were between the ages of 2 and 5. All had received standard doses of codeine, but doctors believe each had a genetic trait that caused them to develop toxic levels of drug in their bodies.