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I am a parent of two kids and a Florida prescription drug attorney and I am amazed at how literally incomprehensible the labeling and dosage information is on many non-prescription pediatric drugs.

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A recent study by JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) found that 52 medicines were sold without a measuring device in the package and nearly all had inconsistencies between the dosing directions and the devices, missing or superfluous markings or obscure measuring units (grams or cubic centimeters). Of course, the FDA does little to help. Rather than demanding standardized labels and dosages, they established a voluntary guideline.

Our Miami children’s injury law firm recommends that parents administering medication to children should carefully read instructions and understand measurements. For example, realize that a tablespoon is four teaspoons and always use a standardized measuring device.