Doctors back clampdown on kids' cough meds

Doctors have hailed Australia’s landmark clampdown on the use of cough and cold medicines in children, despite a less enthusiastic response from pharmacists.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration said Wednesday that over-the-counter medicines should no longer be given to children aged under six, and should only be given to 6-11-year-olds on the advice of a doctor, pharmacist or nurse practitioner.

The TGA also called for all cough and cold medicines to be sold in child-resistant packaging, and for labels to display clear dosages for children