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November 18, 1974

Iron-Containing Vitamin Preparations

Author Affiliations

Miles Laboratories, Inc. Elkhart, Ind

JAMA. 1974;230(7):961-962. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240070013007

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To the Editor.—  The EDITORIAL entitled "Hazards of Children's Vitamin Preparations Containing Iron" (229:324, 1974) contained what we believe to be serious inaccuracies.The editorial's statements that "iron preparations and vitamin preparations containing iron are the fourth most common cause of poisoning in children under 5 years of age" and that "mortality from acute iron poisoning has been reported to be approximately 50% in these young children" appear in sharp contrast to our analysis of the data published by the National Clearinghouse for Poison Control Centers, covering the year 1973.The Clearinghouse data that involve preparations containing iron at lower levels, preparations containing other minerals, and preparations containing only vitamins are lumped under the heading "vitamins, minerals." Children's dietary supplements, such as those marketed by us, of course, fall into this latter category.The Clearinghouse data show 450 reported ingestions of "iron preparations" by children under 5 and a total of