There are several ways to find out more about the effects a medication might have when taken during pregnancy:
- The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS): The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists gives information to health care providers and pregnant women about the risks and safety of taking medications during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. OTIS also conducts studies of pregnant women who contact them after having taken certain medications.
- Adverse Event Reports:Drug companies are required to report any problems with medications to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Health care providers, researchers, and the public, including pregnant women, also can report problems directly to the FDA MedWatch Program.
- Pregnancy Registries: Drug companies sometimes conduct special studies using pregnancy registries. They enroll pregnant women who have taken a certain medication. Then, after these women give birth, the health of their babies is compared with the health of the babies of women who did not take the medication.
- National Birth Defects Prevention Study: Medications and Birth Defects:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS) works to identify possible risk factors for birth defects, including the effects of taking certain medications during pregnancy.
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