In 2010, a total of 263.6 million prescriptions were given to U.S. kids… a 7% reduction since 2002. Among the drugs that declined in use: antibiotic prescriptions, which fell by 14%, though antibiotics were still the most frequently dispensed medications for kids; allergy meds, which dropped by 61%; cough and cold drugs, down by 42%; pain meds, down by 14%; and depression medications, which fell by 5%….
Contraceptive prescriptions rose 93%, but the researchers note that national surveys have not found much of an increase among girls taking birth control pills in the last 20 years. The rise could reflect an increase in the duration of use or an increase in use for other reasons like acne treatment.
~ Alexandra Sifferlin, Time’s Healthland, June 18
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