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2nd March 2009
Over the counter cough and cold medicines set to be 90% less readily available for parents of 6-12 year olds. The Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) has advised on a package of measures ostensibly to improve safe use of over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines in relation to children. For children aged 6-12 year medicines will only be available from the UK’s 10,000 pharmacies rather than the 102,000* UK grocery retail outlets and supermarkets as presently stocked. This over 90% cut in distribution is designed to ensure parents obtain clear advice on the correct application of OTC cough and cold medicines for children from a pharmacist (rather than relying on them to follow instructions on these products and exercise their own self-judgement) – but has potentially serious repercussions. In rural communities served only by a local supermarket or general store parents may be unable to access these medicines as an option for the treatment of their children when they require them. ...

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