Specifically, a recent study from the Allergy & Asthma Medical Group & Research Center in San Diego finds that the FDA-approved dose of 10mg and even 40mg doses of phenylephrine failed to relieve congestion better than a placebo after researchers studied 539 adults over the course of a week, according to the report.
Now, the University of Florida researchers, lead by Randy Hatton, are calling on the FDA to take the drug off the market in an editorial published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.
"We think the evidence supports that phenylephrine’s status as a safe and effective over-the-counter product should be changed,” Hatton said, per the report. “We are looking out for the consumer, and he or she needs to know that science says that oral phenylephrine does not work for the majority of people.”
It's as if cold and flu season didn't suck enough already. Now, there's even less hope of surviving.
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