Mother suing 2 companies alleging infant died from cold medicine ingredient

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An Illinois woman is suing two drug companies, claiming her 4-month-old son died after taking their over-the-counter cough and cold medicine.

She says they should have known the dangers of a key ingredient and warned consumers.

The woman found her son dead in his crib in 2001. According to her lawsuit she'd given him Infant Tylenol Cold Decongestant Plus Cough and Walgreen-brand Pediatric Drops-Cough Plus Cold. Both contain dextromethorphan.

A coroner's report says the infant died of dextromethorphan intoxication. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

The lawsuit is one of the first since Federal Drug Administration hearings last month where health experts testified that parents should not give young children such medicines because they don't work and can be harmful.

Drug makers preemptively pulled cold medicines targeted for babies and toddlers off the market a week ahead of the FDA hearing.

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