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Health Officials Warn Against Using Unapproved Meds

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Public health officials in Maryland are warning residents against using an unapproved medication to treat children's colds that is being sold in some convenience stores in Latino communities.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in an email on Thursday that Baczol contains an antibiotic that would ordinarily require a prescription. The unapproved medicine, which is produced outside the United States, is marketed for children under the names Baczol, Pediatric Baczol, or Baczol Antigripal.

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Maryland's health secretary, says Baczol is not safe for young children.

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