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The Gap in Testing Drugs for Children

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The Gap in Testing Drugs for Children

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The Gap in Testing Drugs for Children

The Gap in Testing Drugs for Children

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The Food and Drug Administration requires safety screening for medications used by adults, but most drugs approved for use in the United States have never undergone comprehensive pediatric studies. Doctors often must guess the appropriate dosage when administering such medications to children. NPR's Michele Norris talks to Dr. Jerome Groopman, who has written about the subject in the current New Yorker magazine.