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Increased prescribing trends of paediatric psychotropic medications
  1. I C K Wong1,
  2. M L Murray1,
  3. D Camilleri-Novak1,
  4. P Stephens2
  1. 1Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy Research, School of Pharmacy and the Institute of Child Health, University of London, UK
  2. 2VP Public Health Affairs Europe, IMS Health, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr I C K Wong
    Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy Research, The School of Pharmacy, University of London, 29–39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX, UK;


Psychotropic medication use by children in the USA has increased. We used the IMS MIDAS Prescribing Insights to examine prescribing trends in nine countries between the years 2000 and 2002. Trends in seven countries rose significantly from year 2000 to 2002; the UK had the highest increase (68%).

  • adolescents
  • antidepressants
  • prescribing trends
  • psychotropic

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