The Medication Merry-Go-Round

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Science  14 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5613, pp. 1646-1649
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5613.1646

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According to recent estimates, 3 million to 4 million Americans under 18 take psychiatric drugs--at least double the number a decade ago. Yet most drugs prescribed to children have not been tested in young children. This trend alarms researchers, who say that pediatric patients deserve better science.