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EU supports testing for children's drugs

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1348
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

European health ministers are giving strong backing to moves to encourage pharmaceutical companies to research and develop medicines specifically for children. The initiative has the strong support of the British government, which has made securing an agreement on the necessary legislation one of the priorities of its six month presidency of the European Union, which begins on 1 July.

About a quarter of the EU's 450 million inhabitants are younger than 19, but more than half of all medicines used to treat children have not been specifically tested or authorised for …

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