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European Commission wants drug companies to test products for use in children

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:818
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Pharmaceutical companies will have to secure special authorisation to market new drugs for children, under draft legislation tabled by the European Commission at the end of September. The proposal, which is the result of four years of widespread consultation, follows from a specific request from European Union governments to find ways to increase the number of drugs intended for use in children. Just under a quarter of the union's 480 million citizens are below 19 years of age. But …

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