Pediatrics Group: Caution in Off-Label Use of OTCs for Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges doctors to exercise caution in recommending over-the-counter medicines that are not specifically made for use in children. in a policy statement, the academy noted that less then 50% of products have pediatric information listed on their labels. The group stated that “evidence, not label indication, remains the gold standard from which practitioners should draw when making therapeutic decisions for their patients.” See Related from NCPIE:Be Medwise: Promoting Safe Use of OTC Medications