Journal article

Improving drug use for children in the developing world.

SA Beggs, NE Cranswick, MD Reed

Arch Dis Child | Published : 2005


Children differ significantly from adults in the way they absorb, metabolise, and excrete drugs. These parameters also vary as children grow from neonates through to adolescence. The practical implications and challenges that this presents are well know to anyone who is involved in the medical management of sick children. The importance of paediatric medication safety and efficacy has been gaining increasing attention in the developed world over the past decade. The United States has introduced a carrot and stick approach to increase research into medications for children with the "paediatric exclusivity provision" and the "paediatric rule". The European Union is also investigating ways of i..

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