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Support for studies in paediatric medicine is needed

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1228
  1. Rachel Lennon (, specialist registrar paediatrics,
  2. Michael Quinn (, senior lecturer in child health,
  3. Keith Collard (, physiologist
  1. Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter EX2 5DW
  2. Department of Medical Sciences, St Loye's School of Health Studies, Exeter

    EDITOR—The paper by Aynsley-Green et al highlighted the apparent lack of political clout among those delivering medical services for children.1 We have experienced the effect of this in our efforts to pilot the use of morphine-6-glucuronide as a sedative in newborn babies who were given artificial ventilation.

    We wish to highlight the difficulties we had in researching this drug, to give a better understanding of why 90% of babies in neonatal units continue to receive unlicensed or off-label drugs.2 …

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