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Wyeth Replaces Dosing Measure For Pediatric Dimetapp, Robitussin Products

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Wyeth Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling and replacing Children's Dimetapp Cold & Chest Congestion and multiple products in its Robitussin line because the products' dosing cups are not marked with half-teaspoon units, the recommended dose for children ages 2 to 6, the firm said Oct. 29

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