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Author:  Wayne Stollings [ Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Cough Syrup, Dead Children, and the Case for Regulation

http://blogs.plos.org/speakeasyscience/ ... ulation-2/

Kathleen Hobson was eight years old when her mother unknowingly dosed her with poisonous cough syrup. She’d only taken a couple spoonfuls but when investigators came round, they still found nothing left to test. After the little girl died, her mother had set the bottle on fire and then thrown it into the trash.

Charlene Canady was just four when she died from the same medication. Her father had carefully packed the cough syrup bottle, waiting for justice to come calling. I always imagine him silent when he handed the bottle over, grief and his daughter’s name caught like a kind of suffocation in his throat.

Author:  Johhny Electriglide [ Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Cough Syrup, Dead Children, and the Case for Regulation

I thought it was something current until I read more closely. It was 1938, before stricter regs were put in place. It was a catalyst for those regs. Interesting story.

Author:  animal-friendly [ Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Cough Syrup, Dead Children, and the Case for Regulation

Wayne Stollings wrote:
http://blogs.plos.org/speakeasyscience/2012/03/17/cough-syrup-dead-children-and-the-case-for-regulation-2/

Kathleen Hobson was eight years old when her mother unknowingly dosed her with poisonous cough syrup. She’d only taken a couple spoonfuls but when investigators came round, they still found nothing left to test. After the little girl died, her mother had set the bottle on fire and then thrown it into the trash.

Charlene Canady was just four when she died from the same medication. Her father had carefully packed the cough syrup bottle, waiting for justice to come calling. I always imagine him silent when he handed the bottle over, grief and his daughter’s name caught like a kind of suffocation in his throat.


The pharmaceutical industry is now required to warn us ... "Take this purple pill to subdue your pain but be aware that this pill may cause liver damage, depression, kidney failure, insomnia and in some cases, death .... be forewarned" (we are required to inform ... legally). And of course, we have tested on animals. It wouldn't be legal otherwise.

Author:  Wayne Stollings [ Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:51 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Cough Syrup, Dead Children, and the Case for Regulation

animal-friendly wrote:
Wayne Stollings wrote:
http://blogs.plos.org/speakeasyscience/2012/03/17/cough-syrup-dead-children-and-the-case-for-regulation-2/

Kathleen Hobson was eight years old when her mother unknowingly dosed her with poisonous cough syrup. She’d only taken a couple spoonfuls but when investigators came round, they still found nothing left to test. After the little girl died, her mother had set the bottle on fire and then thrown it into the trash.

Charlene Canady was just four when she died from the same medication. Her father had carefully packed the cough syrup bottle, waiting for justice to come calling. I always imagine him silent when he handed the bottle over, grief and his daughter’s name caught like a kind of suffocation in his throat.


The pharmaceutical industry is now required to warn us ... "Take this purple pill to subdue your pain but be aware that this pill may cause liver damage, depression, kidney failure, insomnia and in some cases, death .... be forewarned" (we are required to inform ... legally). And of course, we have tested on animals. It wouldn't be legal otherwise.


Yes, they have tested on animals, including homo sapiens, prior to release and the known possible side effects must be disclosed .... so a better informed decision can be made.

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