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Study- 500,000 Kids Ingest Wrong Meds Annually

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susan_harr5 years ago

According to a new study released by Safe Kids Worldwide, children get their hands on medicine they don’t need or take the wrong dose of medicine more than 500,000 times a year. The data comes from an analysis of calls reported poison control centers across the United States in 2011.

“Every year more than 500,000 parents and caregivers call a poison control center because a child got into medicine or because they were given the wrong dose of medicine. That’s one call every minute of every day,” Safe Kids.

Accidental Medication Exposure- Facts and Statistics 

  • In 2011, more than 67,700 children were seen in emergency departments for accidental medication exposures.
  • 12,390 of these children required hospitalization.
  • Of the fatal poisonings, 48% of cases involved over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceuticals.
  • One group of children in particular was at risk—children ages 1 to 2 years old.
  • In 86% of cases where information was available, the medication involved belonged to an adult.
  • In almost 7 out of 10 (67%) cases, the medicine was left within a child’s reach.

Types of Accidental Exposure

“Accidental medication exposures are a large and growing problem,” Safe Kids.

  • Child was given wrong medicine
  • Child was given wrong dose of medicine
  • Child got into medicine on his/her own
Top 10 Medications Involved in Pediatric Exposures

In 2011, there were 518,442 calls for medication exposures in children ages 5 and under. The following 10 categories of medication were the most commonly reported:

  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 
  • Diaper rash products (Desitin, Calmoseptine)
  • Children’s acetaminophen (Tylenol, Feverall)
  • Calcium and calcium salts (Citracal, Viactiv)
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, PediaCare Children’s Allergy)
  • Laxatives
  • Antihistamines
  • Systemic antibiotic preparations
  • Children’s vitamin tablets
  • Homeopathic agents
Medication Safety Tips for Parents

Information below provided by Safe Kids Worldwide.

  • Return medicines up and away and out of sight every time.
  • Give medicines safely, and know what is in your child’s medicine.
  • Take a look around your home and places where your child spends time.
  • Educate house guests and babysitters; be sure they follow safe medication rules while in your home.
Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

Thomas J. Henry are leaders in the area of drug and product liability litigation. Our Defective Drug and Products Division have extensive knowledge and resources in order to represent our clients efficiently and aggressively. The Defective Drug and Products Division represent a multitude of people who are battling against manufacturers of medical devices and/ or defective pharmaceuticals.

If you or a loved one have been injured by or have developed serious side-effects from the use of defective medications or medical devices, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.


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