US to ban sale of many laxatives over the counterBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7109.623h (Published 13 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:623
- Deborah Josefson
- San Francisco
The Food and Drug Administration in the United States plans to ban the over the counter sale of medicines containing phenolphthalein, an ingredient in some popular laxatives.
The agency seeks to reclassify the ingredient as a category II constituent, an ingredient which is not generally recognised as safe and effective. The proposed ban, which is open to review for one …