October 19, 2007 / 3:55 PM / 12 years ago

U.S. panel urges study of kids' cough, cold drugs

Shelves that used to hold infants' nonprescription cough and cold products stand empty in a Washington drug store October 11, 2007. Manufacturers should conduct clinical studies to show that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are effective in children less than 12 years old, a U.S. advisory panel said on Friday. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

SILVER SPRING, Maryland (Reuters) - Manufacturers should conduct clinical studies to show that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines are effective in children less than 12 years old, a U.S. advisory panel said on Friday.

The committee of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration still was considering whether to recommend marketing restrictions for the widely used drugs, including a possible ban on sales for some age groups.

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