Drugs must be tested for use in children

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 23 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:445
  1. Terri Rutter
  1. Boston

    Pharmaceutical companies in the United States will have to test new drugs specifically for their effects in children to ensure that they are safe and that appropriate dosages are used, following an executive order signed by President Bill Clinton last week.

    Although 80% of drugs are prescribed for children as well as adults, less than half of them have …

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