The first batch of the new, $6.5-billion antibiotics that are to be rolled out in North Florida are causing a stir among parents who fear they could put their children at risk.
A federal advisory panel on antibiotics and the new vaccines says there is “a risk of severe adverse effects” to some children who have taken the drugs.
The panel said that if the new drugs were administered to babies, toddlers, children with disabilities and adults, they should be taken with a parent’s permission and given at bedtime, not just once or twice a day.
It said they should not be given to children under three years old.
“In general, it is important to note that antibiotic use should be restricted to the ages of 3 and 6 months,” the panel said in a release.
“However, if the use of these new drugs is limited to the 3-month-old age group, then it is recommended that they be administered in a separate setting from the other age group.”
The panel recommends a “minimum” of six months of antibiotic use for children who are at risk of developing a serious illness, such as pneumonia.
If you have any questions or concerns about these recommendations, contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at 1-800-FDA-1778.