AIM: To determine which high sugar cough syrups sell most frequently in pharmacies in Barcelona. METHODS: 300 pharmacies in 10 districts of Barcelona (Spain) were visited and data collected on the type of syrup-based medicines dispensed most often over a 3-month period in 2008. RESULTS: Data was collected in 142 out of 300 pharmacies. The percentage of the medicines sold by group of antibiotics (sweetener) were: Augmentine® (aspartame) 5.72%; Clamoxyl® (sucrose) 3.28%; Ceclor® (sucrose) 3.66%. In the anti-inflammatory group: Junifen® 2.0% (saccharine sódic); 3.59%, Junifen® 4.0% (sodic sucrose); 4.35%, Apiretal® Codeine (sucrose); 0.31%, Dalsy® (sucrose) 39.35%; Febrectal® (sodic saccharine): 0.89%. CONCLUSIONS: It is very important to advise parents, pharmacists, paediatricians, and paediatric dentists about low-sweetener paediatric medicine alternatives to control the high content sucrose medicines. The aim should be to reduce the intake of over the counter medication.
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Noyola, A.S., Jimeno, F.G., Castelblanque, V.B. et al. Frequency of dispensing paediatric medicines with high sugar content by pharmacists in Barcelona. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent 11, 38–40 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03262708