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Serious adverse events associated with perinatal drugs

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 16 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1132
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    An average of 243 children under the age of 2 years die each year in the United States as a result of drugs used during the perinatal period. Seventeen drugs accounted for more than half of all cases of serious and fatal adverse events in children treated directly with them.

    The analysis was based on 7111 reports of adverse drug reactions in infants and children between November 1997 and December 2000. The reports were culled from more than 500 000 MedWatch adverse event reports that doctors and drug companies are required to file …

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