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OTC children’s drugs ‘contain hyperactivity additives’

25th February 2008

Around 40 per cent of children’s medicines contain food additives linked to hyperactivity in youngsters, a new report has claimed.

Pressure group the Food Commission examined both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs such as pain killers and antibiotics.

It discovered 17 out of 37 paracetamol products contained the additives, as well as four out of nine throat syrups.

Anna Glayzer, a spokeswoman for the Food Commission, urged drug producers to stop using “unnecessary colourings”, adding that many parents did not wish to use them.

“Our survey has shown that medicines do not have [to] be coloured using suspect food additives but with ingredient lists hidden inside medicine packets it is almost impossible for parents to choose between products,” she added.

However, the manufacturer’s Proprietary Association of Great Britain told the Daily Mail its members had found no proof that the additives used in the medicines caused problems.

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