June 2005

Progress in the Prevention of Childhood Iron Poisoning

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005;159(6):593-595. doi:10.1001/archpedi.159.6.593

The Poison Prevention Packaging Act, enacted in the United States in 1972 and phased in over the following 6 years, ushered in a new era of poisoning prevention.1 An enlightened piece of legislation, it combined the 3 tenets of prevention, regulation, technology, and education, to effect reductions in both mortality and morbidity from regulated products such as aspirin.2 Modifications of the packaging of drugs and household products have continued over the 30 years since it was adopted, with the twin goals of improving drug and product safety for children without interfering with their convenience or use by consumers.