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Aspirin use to be banned in under 16 year olds

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7371.988/c (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:988
  1. Sarah Macdonald
  1. London

    The UK Medicines Control Agency has recommended that children under 16 should not be given aspirin, because of its links with Reye’s syndrome, the rare but potentially fatal disorder found almost exclusively in children and adolescents.

    The use of aspirin in children under 12 has been banned in the United Kingdom since 1986, and in April this year the Committee on Safety of Medicines warned that it should also be avoided in children up to 15 if they were feverish.

    But at its October meeting …

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