PSOP Faculty member finds that a third of children use alternative medicines
Major news outlets are covering UIC research on the use of dietary supplements among children. The study, led by Dr. Dima Mazen Qato, PharmD, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy and an affiliate in the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research and published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that use of alternative medicines among children has doubled since 2003. Driving the change is an increased use of Omega-3 fatty acids and melatonin among adolescents ages 13 to 18. “This study suggests supplement use is widespread and therefore an important, yet often ignored, public health issue,” Qato said.