American children are already being prescribed various typesof medications at exceedingly high rates to begin with, but a new study conducted at Rutgers University finds that the frequency of off-label medication orders for children is on the rise as well.
“Off-label” refers to a medication being used to treat a different diagnosis or symptoms than it was approved to treat by the FDA. An example of an off-label med prescription for a child would be a doctor recommending anti-depressant medication for ADHD symptoms.
The research team were alarmed by their findings, and believe this study illustrates a glaring need for improved oversight and regulation when it comes to ensuring that children are prescribed safe, and effective, medication.
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