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Post-marketing surveillance should include effects during pregnancy

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:308
  1. Patricia Yeargin, associate medical editor, health promotions (
  1. American Cancer Society, 1599 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

    EDITOR—I agree that post-marketing surveillance of drugs is desperately needed.1 I further believe that, since information about drugs' effects during human gestation is never studied during pre-marketing, some post-marketing study of fetal effects during pregnancy should be considered.

    I have seen many women's medical care neglected during pregnancy owing to fear of harming the fetus, even when there is no real evidence …

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