The FDA has renewed a warning about the potential for dosing errors with liquid acetaminophen products for infants. FDA advisory committees made recommendations in 2009 that all liquid acetaminophen be produced in a single concentration: 160mg/5mL. The recommendation was voluntary and not all manufacturers have followed it so there are still products with strengths of 80/mL and 80mg/0.8mL in stores and medicine cabinets. The FDA stressed the importance of using the dosing device provided with the product and stated, “Patients and caregivers should contact their healthcare professional if they find using the measuring device confusing or are unsure how to measure a dose for a child using the device provided.
A lawsuit was filed in December in Philadelphia as a result of the death of a 2 year old boy who was accidently given an overdose of Very Berry Strawberry Children’s Tylenol.