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DCF may hire medical officer to monitor kids’ meds


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s welfare agency should hire a chief medical officer to monitor powerful medications prescribed to foster children.

That’s the recommendation of a task force formed after a 7-year-old foster child hanged himself in April.

Before his death, Gabriel Myers was on several powerful psychotropic medications that carried U.S. Food and Drug Administration “black box” label warnings for children and increased the risk of suicidal thinking.

Some of the medication is not approved for children.

Wednesday’s report says the Department of Children and Families should also contract out independent research studies to examine the effects of psychotropic medication on children. The agency should also frequently review data about how many children receive such drugs in the state.

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