High melatonin use in kids sparks concern

Experts are concerned by the "staggeringly" high number of off-label melatonin scripts being written for children with behavioural problems, warning there is little proof the drug is effective or safe for these patients.

An audit of 83 compounding pharmacies found more than 1400 melatonin scripts were dispensed every fortnight, most commonly for insomnia in children with ADHD, autism and other behavioural