What is safe during pregnancy?

What is safe during pregnancy?For many women taking medication, it is a tough decision to decide to continue or forgo their medication during pregnancy. This decision is even more difficult because there is few information to aid in the process.

However, the FDA has finally taken action. Along with the help of HMOs, the FDA has spurred a new set of studies focused on the effects of medication on 1 million U.S. Births.
"These data will guide regulatory policy and influence medical practice," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, says in a news release.
Though roughly two out of three pregnant women in the U.S. take some form of medication during pregnancy, very few drugs have been tested on pregnant women. The two main sources of current data can be found on pregnancy registries or from animal studies. Unfortunately most pregnancy registries are maintained by drug makers that collect reports from pregnant women using various medications. Animal studies too cannot always be applied to human use; therefore drugs may be safer or more dangerous to humans than to the animals used in the studies.
The current project is known as the Medication Exposure in Pregnancy Risk Evaluation Program (MEPREP). The program is a collaboration between the FDA, Kaiser Permanente, Vanderbilt University (using Tennessee Medicaid data), and a consortium of HMOs called the HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (managed by Harvard University).
The study will analyze the health care data of about 1 million U.S. births from 2001 to 2007. The idea is to gather information on all medications prescribed for pregnant women and to look for health effects and birth outcomes.
The results of this study will provide much needed guidance to many women who must make such decisions. But until the data become available, women and their doctors must rely on their own judgments regarding a drugs' benefit versus potential harm to pregnant women and their children.

Yayın Tarihi:06.01.2010     Okunma Sayısı:1377

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