New thin strip format for medicines requires consumer vigilance

Dissolving thin strips containing over-the-counter medicines are now being used by consumers to treat their coughs and colds and runny noses. Consumers need to be especially cautious when using new medicine formats such as thin strips, says Bill Soller, PhD, executive director of the UCSF School of Pharmacy [Center for Consumer Self Care] [link defunct] in the October 7, 2005 Newsday.com article, [Cold Medicine Makers Getting Creative][link defunct as of February 21, 2013].

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