Physicians who provide mental health care to children and adolescents have an updated, valuable resource at their fingertips. The 2013 version of Psychotropic Medication Utilization Parameters for Children and Youth in Foster Care is available on the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) website.
First released in 2005, the 22-page guide features recommendations for the appropriate use of psychotropic medications for children in foster care. Developed by DFPS and The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, the guide includes information on the role of primary care physicians in the care of children with mental disorders, principles for the use of psychotropic medications in children, therapeutic controversies, usual recommended doses of common psychotropic medications, and adverse medication effects.
M. Lynn Crismon, dean of The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, says updates to the guide include a greater emphasis on performing a culturally and developmentally appropriate assessment of children, new data on the efficacy of psychotropic medications in treating acute mania, new information on the potential for cardiovascular adverse effects with stimulants, and tables on dosing recommendations.
TMA, along with the Rutgers University Center for Education and Research on Mental Therapeutics and other organizations, provided feedback on the guide's content.
Action, Dec. 17, 2014