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Children’s pain medication shortage linked to surge in calls of dosing errors, report finds

CA, 01 Jun 2023
A shortage of pain medications for infants and children in 2022 led to a “large increase in calls” to poison control from Canadian parents concerned they had given their sick children an incorrect dose, a report has found.

The Canadian report, published Wednesday in the ‘New England Journal of Medicine,’ found a more than 50 per cent surge in calls related to dosing errors for acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

The report suggests possible reasons for the spike in calls, which include improperly dividing pills intended for adults, sourcing drugs from other countries with unfamiliar dosing requirements, or having low health literacy.

Katherine Ward reports on the findings, and why experts say it reveals a need to strengthen supply chains.

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