Gaps in Drug Dosing for Obese Children: A Systematic Review of Commonly Prescribed Emergency Care Medications

Clinical Therapy • September 2015.

Rowe S, Siegel D, Benjamin DK Jr; Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act – Pediatric Trials Network Administrative Core Committee.

Approximately 1 of 6 children in the United States is obese. This has important implications for drug dosing and safety because pharmacokinetic (PK) changes are known to occur in obesity due to altered body composition and physiologic mechanisms. Inappropriate drug dosing in an emergency setting can limit therapeutic efficacy and increase drug-related toxic effects for obese children.

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