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More drug studies need to include pregnant women, says bulletin

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 14 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3812
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Doctors too often say “no” or “don’t know” to pregnant women who ask whether they can take certain drugs when pregnant because of a lack of evidence on the drugs’ safety and effectiveness, an editorial in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin has said.1

The number of “indirect” deaths of new mothers in the United Kingdom—where pregnancy worsens a new or pre-existing medical or mental health problem—has almost doubled over the past 20 years and now exceeds the number of deaths directly caused by pregnancy by 50%, it said. The figures show that in 1985-7 there were 139 direct deaths (6.1 per 100 000 pregnancies) and …

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