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Outcome in infants exposed to methadone in utero

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 23 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1774
  1. Laura McGlone, paediatric registrar1,
  2. Helen Mactier, consultant neonatologist 1,
  3. Jane R MacKinnon, consultant paediatric ophthalmologist2
  1. 1Princess Royal Maternity, Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 2ER
  2. 2Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow G3 8SJ
  1. lauramcglone{at}

    We want to respond to Bell and Harvey-Dodds’ comments on the safety of methadone in pregnancy, specifically regarding postnatal development.1 Concerns are increasing about nystagmus and delayed visual development in infants born to drug misusing mothers,2 3 and we have shown alteration in visual evoked potentials in newborn infants exposed to methadone …

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