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Prescriptions for kids down in pandemic, report shows

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Drug prescriptions for US children dipped by more than one-quarter in the first eight months of the pandemic, with the biggest drops in drugs used to treat infections and cold symptoms, according to a University of Michigan-led study published yesterday in Pediatrics.While the decline mirrors downward trends seen in prescriptions for adults early in the pandemic, the numbers did not rebound for children to the same degree, the study authors said.The researchers used the IQVIA National Prescription Audit, which tracks monthly prescriptions from 92% of US retail, mail-order, and long-term care pharmacies, to measure changes in those dispensed to children and teens 0 to 19 years old before and during the pandemic.Specifically, they compared

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