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Study finds declining pediatric use of Rx drugs

The number of US children and adolescents who had received prescription drugs in the past 30 days dropped from 24.6% in 1999 to 21.9% in 2014, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Pediatric prescriptions for antihistamines, antibiotics and cold medicines declined, but prescriptions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, asthma and heartburn medications increased.

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