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Should You Give Kids Medicine for Coughs and Colds?

Avoid using imported medicines, especially for children. Medications from other countries might not have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness. These products may be addictive or contain other dangerous ingredients.

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What Does FDA Do?

The Food and Drug Administration regulates food, drugs, cosmetics, biologics, medical devices, and tobacco products. Researchers at the FDA even advance public health by helping to speed product innovations. More than 18,000 full time employees work across all 50 states and internationally. For over 100 years, the FDA has been working to carry out its mission of promoting and protecting public health, and that means your health.


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