Paediatric drug development: the impact of evolving regulations

Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2014 Jun:73:2-13. doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2014.02.003. Epub 2014 Feb 18.


Children deserve medicines that are adapted to their needs. The need to include children in drug development has been recognised increasingly over the past few decades. Legal and regulatory frameworks are well established in the EU and US. The amount of work done to study medicines for children is significantly greater than it was 10 years go. Proof-of-concept has been demonstrated for all segments of the paediatric drug development pipeline. It is now time to examine how the practice of developing medicines for children has evolved within those frameworks and to determine how that work should be generalised. This review describes the development of medicines for children and critically appraises the work that has been done within those frameworks. Significant effort is needed to realize the potential provided by the current regulatory framework. Using the work programme of the Global Research in Paediatrics (GRiP) Network of Excellence as a template we outline current work and future growing points.

Keywords: Children's medicine; Extrapolation; Pharmaceutical development; Pharmacodynamics; Pharmacokinetics; Regulatory framework; Risk benefit ratio.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Child
  • Drug Discovery / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • European Union
  • Humans
  • Legislation, Drug*
  • Pediatrics
  • United States