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More children being prescribed medication not FDA approved for their age

(NBC) — A new study finds doctors are increasingly prescribing medications for children that are not FDA-approved for their age, weight or condition.

Researchers from Rutgers University say the practice, which is legal, increased five percent from 2006 to 2015.

The most commonly prescribed off-label drugs were GI medications, antihistamines, antibiotics and antidepressants.

In visits with one or more drug orders, doctors offered off-label medications in about 83 percent of newborn visits, 49 percent of infant visits and 40 percent of visits for other ages.

NBC News

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