Pediatricians agree they do not have enough information regarding the dosing, efficacy or safety of atypical antipsychotics, buspirone, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and sumatriptans, according to a recent Periodic Survey of Fellows. In addition, one-half of respondents said they think it is most important to have additional information on mental health medications.

For this survey, pediatricians were provided a list of nine therapeutic classes of drugs and 10 drugs commonly prescribed in pediatrics and asked for their opinion on the need for additional information and drug labeling.

More than 90% of pediatricians reported prescribing analgesics,antibacterials, dermatologic agents, gastrointestinal and respiratory tract medications. Most pediatricians prescribe antiviral (85%) and mental health(66%) medications, while 47% said they prescribe sedatives/hypnotics, and 34%said they prescribe cardiovascular medications.

Pediatricians indicated they have about the right amount of information for most classes of drugs. However, 67% said they do not have enough information on cardiovascular...

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