Pregnant Women Who Need Medications Face a Risky Guessing Game. A Federal Task Force Is Now Trying to Help

December 5, 2017

(STAT News) – Few drugs have been approved as safe and effective to use during pregnancy, and most of those are for conditions specific to pregnancy. As a result, almost every medicine given to a pregnant woman, from prescription antacids for acid reflux to biologic drugs to prevent epileptic seizures, is considered an off-label use. Some doctors even take women off medications as basic and important as those that help control blood pressure, because there’s no way of knowing if they’re safe.

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