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Medical devices for kids are often only tested on adults

Reuters, April 15, 2014
Most medical devices that have been recently approved for use in pediatrics weren't actually tested on kids first, according to a new study. Almost all of the devices had only been tested on people age 18 and older, researchers found. "Children are not simply 'small adults,' and a device found to be safe and effective in adults may have a very different safety and effectiveness profile when used in a pediatric population," said Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School research fellow Thomas J. Hwang, one of the study's authors.