Research Article

Maternal drug histories and congenital abnormalities.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: (Published 01 October 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:853
  1. G Greenberg,
  2. W H Inman,
  3. J A Weatherall,
  4. A M Adelstein,
  5. J C Haskey


    We obtained drug histories for the first trimester of pregnancy for 836 mothers of congenitally malformed babies and for an equal number of control mothers of normal babies from the same doctors' practices. There was an association between the use of a hormonal pregnancy test and the subsequent birht of a malformed baby. There was also a greater use of barbiturates by mothers of affected children compared with mothers of control babies, mainly accounted for by treatment of epileptic mothers with phenobarbitone. For all other drugs usage was similar in both sets of mothers.