Spending for Children's Behavioral Medications Rises

TRENTON, N.J. -- As more children take medication for attention deficit and other behavioral disorders, new figures show spending on those drugs has for the first time edged out the cost of antibiotics and asthma medications for kids.

A 49 percent rise in the use of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder drugs by children younger than 5 in the past three years contributed to a 23 percent increase in usage for all children, according to an annual analysis of drug use trends by Medco Health Solutions Inc.

Antibiotics still top the list of the most commonly used children's drugs. But parents are paying more for behavioral drugs, such as stimulants or antidepressants, according to the analysis of drug use among 300,000 children younger than 19.

Medco, the nation's largest prescription benefit manager, was to release on Monday the information that was taken from customers' usage.

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