SAFETY ALERT: Potential Dosing Errors with New Concentration of Liquid Acetaminophen for Infants
The FDA has notified healthcare professionals and patients that a 160mg/5mL additional concentration of liquid acetaminophen for infants is now available. Liquid acetaminophen drops have previously been supplied only in 80mg/0.8mL or 80mg/mL concentrations. For those accustomed to the older concentrations, the availability of the new formulation affects the amount of liquid acetaminophen to be administered to the child.
The FDA recommends that healthcare providers, caregivers, and parents carefully read the Drug Facts label on the package to identify the concentration of the liquid acetaminophen (in mg/mL), dosage, and directions for use. Additionally, the dosing device provided with the product should be used in order to correctly measure the amount of liquid acetaminophen to be given.
For more information visit www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm284741.htm.