APhA Adopts Policy to Guide Labeling and Measurement of Oral Liquid Medications

Earlier this month, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) House of Delegates voted to adopt new policy on the labeling and measurement of oral liquid medications. The new policy would support moving away from outdated dosing cups and teaspoons in favor of oral syringes and cups that measure only in the metric system (milliliter -mL) as the standard for prescribing and measuring all oral liquid medications. Numerous and sometimes fatal events have occurred as a result of confusion from not having unified measuring standards. Multiple national organizations have been calling for the adoption of the metric system in an effort to cut down on dosing and measurement confusion. As a collaborating organization with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on PROTECT, an initiative to address the rise in emergency room visits due to over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medication overdoses in children, APhA’s new policy reiterates the profession’s position on this important public health issue.
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