Which medicines do young children access from blister packs?

Elizabeth A Hender and Corrine R Balit
Med J Aust 2005; 182 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb06823.x
Published online: 6 June 2005

Elizabeth A Hender,* Corrine R Balit

  • 1 Hazardous Substances Section, Environmental Health Service, Department of Health, PO Box 6 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000
  • 2 New South Wales Poisons Information Centre, The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, NSW.


Acknowledgement: The support of Judith Kirby and the specialists in poisons information at the NSWPIC is gratefully acknowledged.

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