FDA: ADHD & Contraceptive Prescription Use Rise in Kids 17 and Younger

[Leslie Carol Botha: This is not good news at all.  Teens being put on drugs to control their bodies and their minds that will only create future health problems.  Especially when these young girls are ready to have children and find out way too late that because of early hormone suppression their bodies may no longer ovulate. Preventing teen pregnancy may be affecting future fertility.]

FDA: ADHD Drugs Top Rx for Kids

Med Page Today
By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: June 18, 2012
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner

Prescription drug use in the pediatric population fell from 2002 to 2010, but the use of birth control and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications rose, the FDA reported.

Outpatient contraceptive prescriptions jumped 93% from 2002 to 2010 among kids 17 and younger, Grace Chai, PharmD, of the agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in Silver Spring, Md., and colleagues found.

ADHD drug scripts rose 46% over the same period in the national analysis of prescription databases reported in the July issue of Pediatrics.

Overall, an estimated 263 million prescriptions were dispensed for the under 18 crowd in 2010, which was down 9% from 2002 after accounting for the shifting population size over that period.

By comparison, 3.3 billion prescriptions were dispensed in 2010 to the adult population, up 11% from 2002 after population size adjustment.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.