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Better medicines for children: EU Commission initiative to get best and safest treatments for children Part 2 (Teacher: Michael)

"I the fact that more than half of the medicines that to treat children not adequately tested for them very troubling. I hope that this a thing of the very soon."

The main problem seems to lie with the relatively small market for children's medicines. This makes pharmaceutical companies rather reluctant to invest in child-specific medicines. The revenue from paediatric development of products is not perceived as justifying the cost of the clinical trials that needed.

In the EU, children, that is the 0-16 year-old population, represent about 75 million , some 20 per cent of the total population. And yet the majority of medicines only developed and assessed for in adult populations.

Somewhere between 50 per cent and 90 per cent of medicinal products depending on therapeutic areas in children never specifically evaluated for in children.

The Commission's proposals precisely addressed to this situation. The EU is encouraging producing companies to study, test and adapt new and old medicines for children. Such incentives range from longer periods of intellectual property protection to a new type of marketing authorisation that intellectual property rights to new paediatric uses of older products.

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