Wednesday, August 20, 2003

US: program to test effect of "adult" drugs on children shows success

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A program encouraging pediatric testing of drugs approved only for adults has helped improve the safety of medicating youngsters, a government study says.

... In one case, the anti-depressant Prozac was found to suppress height in some growing children after only about five months' use. In other cases, steroid creams used to treat diaper rash and athlete's foot were linked with potentially dangerous suppression of the body's stress response in some youngsters."