Published January 7th, 2016 by Stephanie
The FDA has recently revamped its evaluation and labeling system in regards to pregnancies. They’ve done away with the simple letter-based system because it was too simplistic: the drugs with a given letter didn’t all pose the same risk to all pregnant women, and so the system was misleading physicians who were using the letters as shorthand to decide their prescription decisions. Instead, drug companies now need to provide clear labels and instructions regarding what may happen to a mother or a child if a drug is used during a pregnancy or breastfeeding.
It’s understandable why the FDA would want doctors and patients to be as informed as possible when it comes to pregnancies. Prescription medications can be dangerous even to fully grown adults – that’s why they aren’t for sale as over-the-counter drugs – but adults have the advantage of being fully formed human beings with no physical growth or development left. Children need smaller doses not just because they have smaller bodies but because certain drugs can have a negative impact on their development.
The classic example is aspirin: while it’s safe enough for adults to use as a painkiller and to reduce the chance of a heart attack, consistent use of aspirin in children can potentially lead to a developmental disorder in the brain.
Thus, what’s important when it comes to growing children becomes far more so when it comes to a baby which is still growing in his or her mother’s womb. Sometimes the most harmless drugs for an adult can cause significant birth defects. For instance, Zofran, a drug which has been prescribed to mothers to fight morning sickness, is now alleged to have caused birth defects and infant deaths. Proper labeling is important to keep just this sort of thing from happening.
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