Making medicines safer for children—guidance for the use of unlicensed medicines in paediatric patients

Working Party — Tomlin, Cockerill, Costello, Griffith, Hicks, Sutcliffe, Tuleu, Wong, Wright


Around 1 in 10 children seen in general practice is prescribed at least one unlicensed medicine. This is a necessary part of caring for children in primary care, but risks are involved for both the patient and the prescriber.

This Guidelines summary aims to help minimise the potential pitfalls associated with unlicensed prescribing in the paediatric population, while helping to improve understanding of the clinical, ethical, and legal issues.


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