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Schumer wants safeguards to stop kids overdosing on medicine

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Albany/HV: Schumer wants safeguards to stop kids overdosing on medicine
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NEW YORK -- Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to require children's liquid medicine manufactures to put flow restrictors on bottles.

Schumer (D-N.Y.) says a recent report shows 10,000 kids overdose on liquid medicines each year because the safeguards are not in place.

The study shows 20 deaths a year can be attributed to overdoses.

Schumer's office sent a letter to the FDA asking the agency to prioritize efforts to reduce the possibility of kids overdosing on liquid cough and cold products.

The Consumer Reports investigation found that “closed” medications with flow restrictors work better in preventing children from overdosing.

Adding the restrictors would cost about $.10 per bottle.

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