Researchers at Johns Hopkins explore the use of antipsychotics in children, finding a dramatic rise in off-label prescribing with little oversight or research into long-term effects, significant adverse effects, and limited access to non-pharmacologic alternatives. The authors note in particular a twofold to fivefold increase in the use of antipsychotics in preschool children. The article appears in this month’s Journal of Pediatric Health Care.
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