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Senator Schumer wants safer medicine bottles

New York (AP) - New York Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for safer packaging for children's medicine bottles.

The Democrat says Sunday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission should require so-called flow restrictors on bottles of children's medicines such as cough syrups and painkillers.

The flow restrictor is a type of safety valve that fits into the neck of a bottle and slows the release of fluid.

An investigation published last month by Consumer Reports and ProPublica found that making the devices mandatory could prevent roughly 10,000 emergency room visits each year by young children who drink too much medicine.

Schumer said the restrictors cost less than 10 cents a bottle and should be mandatory on children's drugs.

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