Medication Safety for Children
Many medications lack prescribing information for children, a study found. Researchers analyzed 461 medications used in kids in the 2009 Physician's Desk Reference and learned that 46 percent of the drugs lacked adequate labeling instructions for pediatric use. That's an improvement from the 78 percent that lacked labeling information in 1973, but the study authors say it's not good enough. They say legislation is needed to ensure that more medication studies are done in children and to require that those results appear on labels. Meanwhile, always check for pediatric instructions or ask a pharmacist before giving a child medicine. Scaling back an adult-sized dose is not always safe.
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, May 9, 2012