Prescribing Adults-Only Drugs for Children

July 1, 2009

The obesity epidemic in American children isn't just a challenge for kids and their parents. Pediatricians are having to learn how to treat conditions that were once seen almost exclusively by adult doctors, things like heart disease and high blood pressure. A new study suggests that's meant a big jump in the prescription of some previous adults-only drugs. The medical journal that published the study asked the chair of the pediatrics department at CU to put the study in context, KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney explains how that doctor sees it.