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September 02, 2018
Category: Poison
Tags: Fever   pain   Advil   Pfizer   Errors   Dose   Syringe   cup  

(CNN )If you have children's Advil in your medicine cabinet, check the bottle.

Pfizer, which makes the children's fever reducer and pain reliever, issued a voluntary recall of 4-ounce bottles of the bubble gum-flavored liquid. 
The recall was issued after customer complaints identified that the dosage cup provided is marked in teaspoons while the instructions on the label are given in milliliters (mL).
Consumers should discontinue use of recalled children's Advil.
Consumers should discontinue use of recalled children's Advil.
"Pfizer concluded that the use of the product with an unmatched dosage cup marked in teaspoons rather than milliliters has a chance of being associated with potential overdose," the company said in its announcement.
Ibuprofen is the active ingredient. Symptoms of an overdose of this medication may include dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, nausea, headache and blurred vision.
A 2016 study found that 80% of caregivers made an error when dispensing medicine, and the most common mistake was measuring too much of the medicine.
The researchers found that using oral syringes rather than cups reduces those errors.
"When parents used dosing cups, they had four times the odds of making a dosing error, compared to when they used an oral syringe," said Dr. Shonna Yin, an associate professor at NYU Medical School who co-authored that study.
The recall affects one lot, R51129, which was distributed to retailers, wholesalers and distributors across the country between May and June. The expiration date of the recalled medicine is November 2020, and the UPC code is 3-0573-0207-30-0. The NDC code is 0573-0207-30.
Consumers should discontinue use of the medication, Pfizer said, and retailers should not sell it.
Anyone who has experienced a problem from this medication should contact their care provider or report it to the US Food and Drug Administration.
November 02, 2015
Category: Technology

I recently attended the National Conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Washington, D.C. In addition to the excellent educational lectures and seminars I attended, a browse though the Exhibitors at the conference revealed some very interesting technology. One of these is the Kinsa Smart Digital Thermometer for oral, rectal or underarm use. It's water resistant for safe cleaning. Although the thermometer probe can be directly inserted into one's Smart Phone giving the appearance of a long antenna, it also has an optional extension cord for ease of use. No batteries are needed as it is powered by your phone. It displays temperature in degrees F or C. 

What most appealed to me about this thermometer is its software for your phone which will keep a fever record as you take temperature. You can record when you give fever meds and doses. You can record symptoms and observations about how your child feels. You can record this information for all your family members on your phone. All of this information can be transmitted by email to your doctor as needed or as requested by the doctor.

Although this information may not be needed for every illness by your doctor, I see this as a very useful tool between parent and physician when monitoring the fever is important for diagnostic or treatment purposes. 

Check it out and let me know what you think of it. 

Dr. T