This is the latest in a series of articles about the growth of medical and pharmaceutical drugs in Australia.
The Government has announced a ban on the use of a banned growth medicine by babies aged under two.
It has also decided to ban the use by children under two of an oral testosterone growth medicine.
“The Australian Government has been committed to making a difference by supporting research into the effectiveness of pharmaceuticals for children, and the need to reduce harm to children,” Health Minister Sussan Ley said in a statement.
Dr Ley said the ban would help prevent the use in Australia of drugs which were being promoted for the purpose of promoting gender dysphoria, the emotional distress caused by a mismatch between one’s physical sex and their gender identity.
“[But] the Government’s new rules will also help protect the lives of Australian children who may be affected by a lack of access to safe, effective treatment,” she said.
A new ‘sex change’ drug for boys will also be banned from children under the age of two.