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FDA approved pediatric use of drug to treat poisons

September 17, 2010
A drug used to treat poisoning by organophosphate pesticides and chemicals has been approved for pediatric use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency announced.

The drug protopam choride may be adminstered either intravenously or by injection.

"We know this drug has been widely used for many years to treat poisoning in pediatric patients in emergency situations," said Dr. Russell Katz, director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Improving the drug's label with new dosing information for children will give health-care professionals better guidance on how to use this drug safely and effectively."

Organophosphate pesticides are often used in farming and by professional exterminators. Symptoms of ingestion range from teary eyes and vomiting to breathing difficulty, weakness and convulsions. Immediate medical attention is needed when chemical poisoning is suspected through local poison centers that are reached by dialing 800-222-1222 nationwide.

Plainview Hospital, a part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is sponsoring a "Baby Safe" program that teaches parents and caregivers how to create a safe home environment. Preregistration is needed for the program, from 7 to 9 p.m. November 4, which will cover basic care for burns, fractures, shock and poisoning.
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