Drugs used in pediatric care can have a long delay from the time the medication is originally approved—to the time trials are completed for use with children. An audit done by Boston’s Children’s Hospital found only one-third of mandatory trials on children’s efficacy and usage were completed in a seven-year timespan after a new drug hits the market. This can often leave a gaping hole in treatment areas—or worse yet, leave a doctor or pharmacist left to guess at whether or not it can safely treat kids.
The weather outside may not be frightful (just yet), but that doesn’t mean it’s super fun to be out in. The transition from fall to winter can leave people in limbo—as they may not be able to continue their summer recreational fun—nor start their typical outdoor winter excursions. As an author myself, my natural inclination is to curl up with a warm blanket, a cup of tea (or coffee, or cocoa!), and immerse myself in a good book.