Paediatrician slams pharmacists and GPs

Pharmacists and GPs are criticised in a report that shows widespread inappropriate use of cough and cold medications and vitamin supplements among young children.

One in three children under the age of six are being given cough and cold medications, mostly on the advice of pharmacists (74%) or a doctor (64%), according to the report on study of OTC medication use by 3992 children.

Dr Anthea Rhodes, a paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, says the use of cough and cold medications in this age group is contrary