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In 2007, new legislation compelled drugmakers to test new products in pediatric populations – a big step forward for children. Doctors should never again be put in the position of having no information on whether a new medicine is safe or effective for younger patients. Unfortunately, there is a catch. The vast majority of drugs being prescribed for children are not new – they are old drugs often used off label.

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About the Author

Helen Sammons

Dr Helen Sammons is Associate Professor of Child Health at the University of Nottingham, a trained Pediatric Clinical Pharmacologist and a Consultant Pediatrician at the Derbyshire Children's Hospital. Dr Sammons is current chair of the RCPCH Joint Medicines Committee.  She was part of the working group for the Nuffield Bioethics Foundation report - Children and clinical research: ethical issues. Her research interests include clinical drug trials in children and neonates (including the TINN and TINN 2 FP7 projects), safe and effective prescribing and the ethics of pediatric clinical trials. Her published work includes the ethical issues surrounding clinical trials and the European Legislation, safety in clinical trials, sedation for diagnostic imaging and prescribing assessment.

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