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CHILD-RESISTANT CAPS URGED FOR IBUPROFEN

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Monday proposed that child-resistant packaging be required for ibuprofen pain relievers, citing increasing numbers of poisonings in young children.

The proposed rule, subject to public comment, would apply to non-prescription ibuprofen medications. Major brands of ibuprofen include Motrin and Nuprin.Two youngsters who swallowed ibuprofen have died, the commission said. It added that poison control centers received 29,000 reports of children under age 5 ingesting the drug in the five years after it was approved for non-prescription use in 1984.

When the pain-killer and anti-inflammatory medicine was available only by prescription, it had to packaged with safety features.

Federal regulations already require child-resistant packages for prescription drugs, aspirin, acetaminophen pain killers like Tylenol as well as drugs and dietary supplements containing iron.