Saturday, January 24, 2009

B.C. genetics researchers work to predict drug reactions in children

From CBC News:
A new research project in British Columbia aims to develop a tool to allow drug doses for children to be tailored to their individual genetic makeup in order to help prevent potentially life-threatening drug reactions.

According to Health Canada, more than half of newly approved therapeutic health products prompt serious reactions that are discovered only after the product reaches the market. Three-quarters of medications have never been tested in children.

Dana Tent recalled how her son's hearing was damaged after he reacted to the cancer medication cisplatin. ...more

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