Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Polypharmacy for Children

A study completed at Brown University Medical School and Bradley Hospital in Providence informs that increasing numbers of U.S. children diagnosed with behaviour and psychiatric problems are increasingly receiving more than one medication. The study said that there was very little evidence that the drugs are safe or effective for children.

According to child psychiatrist Joseph Penn of Brown "We don't know how these drugs may interact with each other, and we don't even have safety studies in children for many of the drugs on their own,"
and:
"Doctors are doing this polypharmacy stuff all the time with kids, "but when you look for the research, there is none."

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