Kids Hospitalized Yearly for Accidental Rx Drug Poisonings: Study

More than 9,000 children ages six and younger are hospitalized annually for accidental ingestion of prescribed medications, even though all prescription drugs in the U.S. come in bottles with child-resistant caps, according to a new study. The message that pharmacists can give to parents and caregivers is “to keep medicines up and out of sight of children, especially immediately after use,” said Dr. Daniel S. Budnitz, director of the Medication Safety Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).