Drugs: Limits on Children's Aspirin

The world's most useful drug is aspirin, and it is remarkably safe for most adults. But each year, almost 150 U.S. children die of aspirin poisoning, and more have to be rushed to a hospital to have their stomachs pumped out. For in the young, aspirin dosage is a matter of hair-trigger sensitivity.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has decided that, effective June 1, children's aspirin must be packaged with not more than 36 tablets to a bottle, each tablet of not more than 1¼-grain strength, or one-fourth the potency of the conventional tablet for adults. The FDA's Dr....

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