Paracetamol labels to be edited

07th June 2011 - Fine Cut

Paracetamol labels are set to be revised to help reduce the number of children overdosing on the medication.

The move followed research which revealed that as many as one in four children are given too much of the painkiller.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced that it will be introducing additional age bands and adding clearer information for administering the medicine to babies.  

Dosage advice is currently split into three age-bands - three months to a year, one year to five years and six to twelve years.

According to The Daily Telegraph, these will be split further into seven age bands to ensure a more accurate dosage of paracetamol is given to children.

MHRA's director of vigilance and risk management of medicines, Dr June Raine, told parents that they shouldn't be worried about any of the impending changes. Speaking to Yahoo! News, she said: "The change is to ensure children get the most optimal dose of paracetamol suitable for their age."

"This updated dosing advice will clarify the doses, making it easier for parents and carers to know exactly how much paracetamol they should give their children."

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