The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said it wants 500 unauthorized prescription drugs for cough, cold and allergy symptoms removed from the market because of risks to the public. "We don't know what's in them, whether they work properly or how they are made," FDA director of the Office of Compliance, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Deborah Autor told reporters. The FDA published a list of 500 medications that are available only through a doctor's prescription, and said companies must "stop manufacturing them within 90 days and stop shipping the products within 180 days." Autor said "all or almost all" of the drugs are made in the United States. "We believe there are doctors out there who continue to prescribe these drugs," said Autor, noting that some of the drugs are listed in physicians' desk reference books and advertised in medical journals. Some of the more commonly known drug names include Cardec, Lodrane 24D, and Organidin, she said. Another, called Pedia-Hist, is labled for children as young as one year old but has not been cleared by the FDA. Charlie Lee, a doctor who participated in the FDA conference call with reporters, said the drugs are mainly cough and cold combination formulas and that "sedation, drowsiness, irritability" are among the complications reported. However, the FDA noted that such reports were "limited" and said it was unclear how many of the drugs were actually on the market. It was also unknown how many people could be taking them because most people treat such symptoms with drugstore remedies.Source: AFP << Billboard That Profiles People's Ad Recreation Programs Benefit Autistic People >> Recommended Reading Allergy An allergy is a hypersensitive disorder of immune system. Substances that often cause allergic reactions are pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, food, insect stings and medicines. READ MORE Choose The Right Over-the-Counter Drugs for Allergy Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can be bought without a prescription. OTC allergy medications are for the allergy sufferer to choose the right over-the-counter drugs. READ MORE Asthma It's a lung condition characterized by inflammation of the bronchi and constriction of the airways that result in coughing, wheezing or breathlessness. Allergy and other airway irritants can trigger it READ MORE Allergy - Symptom Evaluation An allergic reaction may be mild or severe. It usually involves the skin, respiratory system, eyes, digestive system or blood pressure. READ MORE Antibiotics Antibiotics are among the most used and abused medications. This article explains some general features about antibiotics. READ MORE Dealing with Pollen Allergy The plants around you that give you sniffles in your nose at specific time of the year are the source of allergy causing pollens. READ MORE Drug Toxicity Drug toxicity is an adverse reaction of the body towards a drug that results as a side effect of a drug, reaction to a drug or drug abuse. READ MORE Drugs Banned in India Several drugs are either banned or withdrawn after introduction in the market. READ MORE Remedies for Seasonal Allergy Relief Understanding the cause and mechanism of seasonal allergy can help in choosing the right treatment. READ MORE Stay Well This Winter Winter is associated with staying huddled indoors, people scurrying home to escape the piercing winter winds and children down with the flu! Read on how you can prevent and treat them. READ MORE Unused and Expired Medications - Why and How to Dispose? Proper disposal of unused and expired medications through drug disposal programs is the preferred method wherever available. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia The Essence of Yoga Indian Medical Journals Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) More News on: AllergyDrug ToxicityDealing with Pollen AllergyDrugs Banned in IndiaRemedies for Seasonal Allergy ReliefChoose The Right Over-the-Counter Drugs for AllergyAllergy - Symptom EvaluationAntibioticsStay Well This WinterUnused and Expired Medications - Why and How to Dispose?