Parents urged to seek medication advice from pharmacists



    TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - Ontario pharmacists urge parents to speak to
their pharmacist about the effectiveness of children's cold and cough products
before administering them. Pharmacists' expertise and counselling are
necessary and instrumental to ensure these products are used safely and
appropriately.
    OPA supports the Canadian Pediatric Society guidelines that advise
over-the-counter cough and cold medications should not be given to children
younger than three years old unless prescribed by their doctor. For children
over three, Health Canada recommends parents should speak to their health care
provider, such as pharmacists.
    Ken Burns, community pharmacist and Chair of the Ontario Pharmacists'
Association (OPA) encourages parents to better utilize the skills and
knowledge of their pharmacist for all of their medication related questions.
"As medication experts, pharmacists can inform parents about the right product
to use, assist with dosing and ensure there are not any interactions with
other medications the child may be taking."
    Pharmacists are the most accessible health care provider and offer
expertise and advice on a full range of services and programs such as
medication management, smoking cessation, safe medication use, chronic
diseases, and flu clinics.
    "With proper advice and education from pharmacists, parents can make
informed decisions about the optimal management of their children's cough or
cold," says Burns. "Medication information is constantly changing. Parents are
encouraged to establish a long-term relationship with their pharmacist to
ensure they understand the impact of these changes on their health."

    The Ontario Pharmacists' Association is the professional association
representing the views and interests and advocates for over 10,000 practicing
pharmacists and pharmacists-in-training, in Canada's largest province.





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