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Is Your Child Getting Too Much Medication?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Roughly every eight minutes a child in the U.S. experiences a medication mistake.
Air Date: 10/22/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Kathleen A. Neville, MD
KathleenNeville 1Kathleen Neville, M.D., M.S. is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology and clinical pharmacology and received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Research from Indiana University. She has significant clinical trials expertise (e.g., study design, execution, data analysis) and translational research experience (e.g., PG/PK/PD and development of non-invasive PD surrogate endpoints).  Dr. Neville has also been appointed to serve on the pediatric subcommittee of the FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the FDA's Committee on Clinical Pharmacology. She also currently serves as Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs. Dr. Neville also currently serves as Chair for the NICHD funded Pediatric Trials multicenter trial to evaluate the pharmacokinetics and relative bioavailability of a liquid formulation of hydroxyurea. Dr. Neville’s research interests relate to the early phase (Phase I/II) study of medications in children, characterizing the determinants of variability in drug disposition and response, and development of pediatric appropriate formulations.
Is Your Child Getting Too Much Medication?
Have you given your child medication only to have the school nurse also administer the same medication?

According to recent statistics, more than a quarter of over-medication mistakes involved children being given the same medication twice.

The most common mistakes involved pain medications like aspirin. Next most common were mistakes with cough and cold medicines and allergy medicines.

Making sure you're not distracted and keeping a log can certainly help keep your child safe from over-medication mistakes.

Listen in as Dr. Kathleen Neville and Melanie Cole, MS, discuss the precautions necessary to help you avoid over-medicating your child.
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