A panel of medical experts says cough medicines like Robitussin should continue to be sold over-the-counter, despite increasing abuse among teenagers that has prompted calls to restrict the products.
The Food and Drug Administration panel voted 15-9 against a proposal that would require a doctor’s note to buy medicines containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient found in more than 100 over-the-counter medications.READ MORE: 'Stop the Violence': Detroit Police Officers Host Basketball Game To Promote Peace At Schools
Abuse of the products, dubbed “robotripping,” is on the rise, with more than 8,000 emergency room visits linked to the practice in 2008. Law enforcement officials asked the FDA to reconsider how it regulates the products.READ MORE: Detroit Retiree Sees Sidewalk Repaired Months After Water Main Break
But experts at Tuesday’s meeting said making the products prescription-only would be overly burdensome.MORE NEWS: GOP Michigan Governor Candidate Ryan Kelley Says COVID Policies At Debate A 'Dealbreaker'
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