Medicines for Children


Many of the medicines that children take either don't have a license for use in children, or are prescribed outside the terms of their license - for example, in a different age group or for a different condition.

In the past, children's medicines have rarely been specifically tested in children: doctors have often had to make do with drugs designed for adults.

But as Graham Easton hears new European legislation is changing all that. And the World Health Organisation is galvanising it's efforts to ensure that the new laws also benefit children in the developing world, where child friendly medicines are desperately needed.

Children are at last finding their voice in the corridors of big pharma, and all new medicines will have to be properly tested and designed with children in mind.

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First broadcast 1st July 2008
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