There is not enough of drugs suitable for babies and children! It is the cry of alarm by the Academy of pharmacy. Even in the hospital, he is often improvise and adapt to the fishing expedition wired treatment which is not without risk! The point on a concern for all parents.
Baby is sick, and you would like to give the treatment that he he needed… But it is not always easy to find formulas adapted to the smaller.
Baby Guinea pig at the hospital!
At the hospital, the problem of drugs not suitable for children is disturbing. According to a survey conducted in fourteen French hospitals, doctors and nurses were forced to juggle medicines: cutting fees, mix the contents of capsules, administer at a part of the ampoule… The administration of treatment is often approximate, see risky. It is therefore essential to propose formulas specifically dosed for children. In addition to reducing the risk of errors, it should avoid a mess important medicines, hospital at home!
A lack of evaluation
More serious: in many cases, drugs allowed in children have no authorization to market (AMM) for less than 6 years! According to a survey conducted by pediatricians in hospital, therefore, the case of half tablets in hospital, and more than 60% of the capsules! It is therefore not really accurate doses in the issue, potential side effects, and even the real effectiveness of the product in small! It is thus an urgent need to conduct assessments of the main drugs used without authorization in the child.
Another point that industry should improve: the form. According to experts, the children have difficulty swallowing solid drugs before the age of six. But the capsule is the most used form in pediatric drugs, when it is not tablets intended for adults, that must be cut. However, it is possible to develop drugs more suitable forms: syrups, powders, soft capsules, dispersible (“underlying”), etc. Not to mention the tastes to improve so that children find the pleasant drug: essential to make sure that it agrees to take, especially if it is a long treatment.
Pending improved treatments, never hesitate to advice your doctor before administering a drug to your child.