Artman also noted there is more data on prescribing medications to children, which makes doctors more confident in prescribing and means that children are getting better care.
"Now we actually have data on drug effects and side effects and toxicity and efficacy in children that we didn't have two or three decades ago," he said. "This is an important advance in pediatric medicine."
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SOURCES: Emily R. Cox, Ph.D., manager, outcomes research, Express Scripts Inc., St. Louis; Donna Halloran, M.D., assistant professor, pediatrics, St. Louis University; Michael Artman, M.D., professor and head, department of pediatrics, University of Iowa, Iowa City; November 2008 Pediatrics