Driving Simulator To Be Used to Evaluate Anti-Insomnia Drugs

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Last week, the Food and Drug Administration recommended that people taking Ambien and other anti-insomnia drugs be given lower dosages so as to cut down on the chances that alertness could be compromised at the wheel.  In a recent teleconference with reporters, a member of the FDA also revealed that driving simulators would increasingly be used to determine the impact of sleep medication on cognitive function.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has bestowed $650,000 to the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa to be used for this very purpose.  The simulator’s director of operations believes that differences in ability can be detected through this type of research.  Persons should also keep themselves informed by speaking with a doctor before taking insomnia medication.

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