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FDA urged to recall cold medicines for youngsters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Winter is approaching, and the government is again trying to decide what to do about over-the-counter medicines for kids' coughs and sniffles.

Doctors question the drugs' benefits and worry about their risks.

Pediatricians are urging the Food and Drug Administration to demand a recall of the medicines for children younger than 6. The FDA has scheduled a public hearing today on the issue.

Baltimore's health commissioner, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein says "parents should know that there is less evidence than ever to support the use of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for young children." He is urging the FDA to ask for a voluntary recall of products marketed to kids under 6.

The industry says over-the-counter medicines have been used for decades in treating kids' colds and are safe for those older than 2.

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