Canadian Pharmacists Association

Canadian Pharmacists Association

December 18, 2008 15:09 ET

CPhA: Parents and Caregivers Should Talk to their Pharmacist about Cough and Cold Medications in Children

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2008) - Health Canada has advised that orally administered over-the-counter cough and cold products with certain active ingredients should only be used in children 6 years of age and older.

Manufacturers will be required to relabel products with dosing information for children to indicate that they should not be used in children less than 6 years of age. This is a transition period and new labels will be ready in time for next fall's cough and cold season.

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) advises parents and caregivers to consult with their pharmacist for advice on managing cough and cold symptoms in children, including non-drug measures which may provide temporary relief.

Health Canada has collaborated with CPhA and other stakeholders in the development of communications to ensure that Canadians have access to information regarding the appropriate management of cough and cold symptoms in children.

Pharmacists have received information from CPhA and the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores to help in advising parents. Information is available at

The Canadian Pharmacists Association is the national organization of pharmacists, committed to providing leadership for the profession and improving the health of Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Pharmacists Association
    Janet Cooper, Senior Director
    Professional and Membership Affairs
    613-523-7877 ext. 255 or 613-298-7167 (cell)
    Canadian Pharmacists Association
    Jeff Poston
    Executive Director
    613-523-7877 ext. 256 or 613-293-7398 (cell)