April 1997 Issue

Too Much Iron - Risky for Young and Old

A new warning label will soon appear on bottles of iron-containing supplements, including multivitamin/minerals. It will remind parents, grandparents and caregivers of young children about the dangers of accidental iron overdose. Further protection will be mandated for tablets containing more than 30 milligrams of iron, requiring individual-dose blister packaging. Why is all this necessary? Accidental iron overdose is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in children under age six—despite current child-resistant caps, which

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