The Ste-Justine Hospital is creating the country’s first centre for pediatric drug formulations.

The centre is being made possible thanks to a donation from the Morris & Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation, and will be named in their honour.

The centre will ensure young patients have access to pharmaceuticals in the proper dosage and adapted to their needs.

Frequently, doctors, pharmacists and even parents must manipulate the dosage to ensure it is age-appropriate.

Without private help, Health Minister Gaetan Barrette doubts the centre would have been possible.

We are involved on the long run, but it had to start somewhere and very often those initiatives do need the involvement of donators,” said Barrette.

Roughly half of Canada’s 7 million children are given at least one prescription drug every year. The proportion is even higher among infants and babies under the age of one.