Cases of Child Poisonings Linked to Cough Medicine on the Rise: Report

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A rise in reports of child poisonings linked to the prescription cough medicine benzonatate has been found across the United States in recent years, according to a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The study, titled “Benzonatate Exposure Trends and Adverse Events,” was published Tuesday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Researchers analyzed data from IQVIA pharmacy drug dispensing, the National Poison Data System, National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-Cooperative Adverse Drug Event Surveillance Project, and the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System.

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