In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration made sweeping changes to the children’s cold and cough medicine aisle. Cough and cold medicines are not effective in children and can be unsafe. Products for children under 2 years of age were removed and other products were labeled not for use in children less than 4 years of age. See the FDA information for parents here.
The product shown here, sold as a dietary supplement, claims to treat cough in children over 12 months of age. The FDA letter to Zarbee’s regarding their violations and deficiencies is here.
This company’s product contains zinc and grapefruit extract, ingredients without much effect on cough. It also includes honey which worked better than placebo in a recent study.
More on why cough medicines don’t really work is here.
See a previous post on cough and cold medicine ingredients here.
Is there a product or claim you’re curious about?