Professor: Flow restrictors are potentially a great addition to the different tools used to prevent accidental ingestions of medication

Murray, Thomas 2011Dr. Thomas Murray, assistant professor of medical sciences at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, is available to comment on a new Centers for Disease Control and Georgia Poison Center study on how effective flow restrictors are in preventing young children from getting into liquid medicines.

The researchers worked with 110 pre-school aged children to examine the flow restrictors, which are adapters added to the necks of liquid medicine bottles to limit the amount of liquid that can come out of the bottle, even when turned upside down, shaken or squeezed. To see how well flow restrictors work when an adult does not correctly lock the safety cap, researchers filled medicine bottles with strawberry syrup and asked the pre-school aged children to try to get all of the liquid out. The researchers concluded that adding flow restrictors to liquid medicine bottles limits the accessibility of their contents to young children and could complement the safety provided by current child-resistant packaging.

“These flow restrictors are potentially a great addition to the different tools we have to prevent accidental ingestions of liquid medication, but like child safety caps, they are a secondary barrier and do not replace primary barriers such as keeping medication out of reach of young children and locked up,” Murray said.

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