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Use of prescription drugs is common during pregnancy, US study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 13 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4421
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Four in five pregnant women in the United States have a prescription drug dispensed, and nearly half are given drugs that may be harmful to the fetus, a study of Medicaid records has found.

In the study Kristin Palmsten, of the University of California, San Diego and colleagues reviewed outpatient pharmacy records from 2000 to 2007 on 1 106 757 pregnant women who were covered by Medicaid, the health insurance plan …

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