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01.05.2017 | themenschwerpunkt | Ausgabe 7-8/2017 Open Access

Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 7-8/2017

Ethanol in herbal medicinal products for children

Data from pediatric studies and pharmacovigilance programs

Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift > Ausgabe 7-8/2017
Olaf Kelber, Barbara Steinhoff, Christian Nauert, Andreas Biller, Martin Adler, Heba Abdel-Aziz, Samuel N. Okpanyi, Karen Kraft, Karin Nieber


Herbal medicinal products are indispensable in children, e. g., in functional gastrointestinal diseases and coughs and colds, especially when available in liquid dosing forms for which dosing can be adapted ideally to different age groups. Despite being generally accepted as safe, the ethanol content of many of these products, necessary for Galenic reasons, has raised questions regarding their safety. Therefore, safety data from more than 50,000 children in noninterventional pediatric studies with these products, as well as data from routine clinical use in several million children, were assessed. No evidence of the involvement of the ethanol content in any adverse drug reactions was found. This allows us to conclude that these herbal medicinal products are safe in the age groups for which they are authorized or registered and that the present labeling is adequate to allow for their safe use in the pediatric population.

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