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October 07, 1994|From Times Wire Services

Child-Resistant Packaging: The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to require child-resistant packaging of non-prescription anesthetics with certain amounts of the drugs dibucaine and lidocaine.

Anesthetics containing the drugs are used to treat sunburn and hemorrhoids and are sold as ointments, creams, liquids and sprays.

The agency said the medicines have been blamed for 16 deaths over the past 43 years. Poison control centers also reported more than 750 cases of children swallowing them in 1992, the agency said.

"Compared with the relatively small number of products containing these substances, the number of yearly ingestions of the medicine make the case for special packaging more compelling," commission Chairman Ann Brown said.

The child-resistant packaging will be required beginning in April, 1996, for anesthetics containing more than half a milligram of dibucaine and more than 5 milligrams of lidocaine.

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