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DRUGS USED ON CHILDREN TO BE BETTER LABELED

Drugs frequently used in pediatric cases will be tested and labeled with children in mind under regulations set by the Food and Drug Administration, it was reported Saturday.

"We are committed to ensuring that health-care providers get the best information they need to treat children," said Dr. Michael A. Friedman, the agency's acting commissioner.

Every year, more than half of the newly approved drugs that are likely to be used by children have insufficient information from the manufacturers about safe pediatric use, according to the FDA.

The FDA said improper dosages for children can lead to seizures and cardiac arrest as well as withdrawal symptoms.

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