Pfizer’s Zyrtec Gains Approval for Use in Children as Young as 6 Months – (11-07-02)

Pfizer’s Zyrtec Gains Approval for Use in Children as Young as 6 Months

Am I the only one that sees a major problem with this? First of all, any drugs given to infants (geez…that’s practically still a newborn!) that are designed for potential lifetime use scare the heck out of me. Next, are none of these doctors that intend to prescribe medication to these tiny guinea pigs interested in finding out why allergies are present at all? How about addressing the mother’s diet (if the infant is still nursing) or the infant’s diet? My gosh!! This concept just scares me. If you want to have the best odds against beating allergies, you need to start ASAP, not after years of drug suppression that never address the problem. By then it might be too late.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Oct 22 – Pfizer’s blockbuster antihistamine Zyrtec has gained a supplemental US approval for use in children as young as six months, the US Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.Zyrtec (cetirizine hydrochloride), which is currently indicated to relieve symptoms of allergic rhinitis and to treat itching and hives in adults and in children age two and older, has now been cleared for those two indications in children six months and older, Pfizer confirmed.


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