Thursday, December 30, 2010

So Young and So Many Pills

Gage Martindale, who is 8 years old, has been taking a blood-pressure drug since he was a toddler. "I want to be healthy, and I don't want things in my heart to go wrong," he says.

And, of course, his mom is always there to check Gage's blood pressure regularly with a home monitor, and to make sure the second-grader doesn't skip a dose of his once-a-day enalapril.

These days, the medicine cabinet is truly a family affair. More than a quarter of U.S. kids and teens are taking a medication on a chronic basis, according to Medco Health Solutions Inc., the biggest U.S. pharmacy-benefit manager with around 65 million members. Nearly 7% are on two or more such drugs, based on the company's database figures for 2009.'


1 comment:

  1. Yes, well, they need to examine the reason why so many young and fresh children are having to take these killer drugs.

    If American food was not filled with toxins and chemicals and fresh organically grown healthy produce was available for these children to eat, and not junk food on a daily basis, then they would be healthier.

    Also, children need activity. What happened to the days when you would go to the park and play with a frisbee (do they still make those), or play football or 40/40, rounders, volleyball, swimming etc


Thanks for your comment it is much appreciated.