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Children prescribed codeine despite safety concerns
Visialia Times-Delta

Although significant concerns have been raised about the safety and benefits of codeine-containing medications for children, there’s been only a slight decline in hospital emergency department prescriptions for the drugs over the past decade, a new study finds.

“There’s been growing evidence that codeine is metabolized very differently in different children, with a small portion of them being at risk for potentially fatal side effects,” says pediatrician Sunitha Kaiser, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California-San Francisco, and lead author of the study published online Monday in Pediatrics.

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