CBS News: Psychiatric Drugs For Kids Scrutinized

Psychiatric Drugs For Kids Scrutinized – (Associated Press content)
FDA is reviewing side effects from bipolar, schizophrenia meds

WASHINGTON – Three blockbuster psychiatric drugs currently approved for adults also appear to work in adolescents, though federal health officials have concerns about their side effects.

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing drugs from AstraZeneca PLC, Eli Lilly and Pfizer for use in patients between the ages 10 and 17. The drugs — already approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar mania in adults — had combined sales of more than $7.4 billion last year.

FDA reviewers on Friday said they were wary of exposing youngsters to the drugs’ side effects, including weight gain and high blood sugar, “because they may be exposed for many decades.”

“These risks are of particular concern in pediatric patients because of the lifelong nature of these disorders,” FDA director for psychiatric products, Dr. Thomas Laughren, wrote in documents posted online. Read the rest

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