The current formula of liquid acetaminophen marketed specifically for infants will soon disappear from shelves -- instead, the medication will be sold in the same concentration as for children, over-the-counter drug makers announced Wednesday.
The switch to a standard strength of the pain-relief medication will take place mid-2011, said the Consumer Healthcare Products Assn., which represents almost all brand-name and generic over-the-counter drug makers in the U.S.
Acetaminophen for infants currently comes in two strengths: 80 mg/0.8mL and 80 mg/1 mL. Now only one strength will be offered: 160 mg/5 mL, the same strength currently sold for children ages 2 to 12.
Children’s packages will continue to have dosing cups, but the infant products will now have syringes with restrictors to limit the flow. Many infant medications, including Infant Tylenol, currently come with a dropper.