Drug Testing in Children

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Clinical Drug Testing in Children Are the drugs that healthcare providers give to children safe? It is difficult to know this without performing various clinical tests involving children. On the other hand, testing some drugs on children may do harm to this young population. This is a very interesting topic, with many ethical dilemmas involved. As a healthcare provider and future parent, it is important to me that the drugs children are taking are providing a therapeutic effect, and not doing any damage to their bodies. To me, pediatric nursing is very interesting. Working with children and their families is something that I look forward to doing. I want to be able to pass my patient’s medications with confidence, knowing that the medications they are taking are known to help them through their illness. Parents also feel that it is important to know that drugs are safe for their children. By doing clinical drug testing in children, the healthcare community can determine the best medications to give, the safe dosage to administer, and also when to not give a medication. Currently, there are few pediatric drug trials in the United States. This has resulted in many potentially harmful or ineffective drug treatments. The healthcare community is forced to use the results obtained from adult drug trials to apply drug therapy to children. This is not truly reliable because children’s bodies metabolize substances different than adults. Children also have different diseases than adults (Caldwell, P.H., Murphy, S.B., Butow, P.N., & Craig, J.C., 2004). The benefits of clinical drug trials in children include providing access to treatments that might not otherwise be available to children. It has been found that children that participate in drug trials are monitored closer than those not in the trial, and also the participants are taken better care of (Caldwell, P.H.,…...

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