President Bush has signed a law authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to require drugs be tested on children prior to marketing to ensure their safety. In a news release, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson said, "Children need access to effective drugs to treat their ailments, and those drugs should be properly tested for pediatric use rather than just prescribed and sold based on adult testing." The Pediatric Research Equity Act of 2003 was introduced by Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) in March after a federal court ruled that the FDA lacked authority to require pediatric studies of drugs. According to DeWine, 75% of medicines on the market aren't tested or labeled for pediatric use. -- by Tony Fong
New law lets FDA require pediatric testing of drugs
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