Information on drug use in pregnancy from the viewpoint regional drug information centre

O. Kasilo, M. Romero, M. Bonati, G. Tognoni

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Abstract

The need for information on drug use during pregnancy was assessed by reviewing the requests for information arriving at a drug information centre in the past nine years. Of all the queries received 24% concerned this aspect, of which the majority were focused on drug use during pregnancy. Mothers received an average of 2.6 prescriptions, most frequently for antiinfectives, psychotropics, hormones and non-narcotic analgesics. Questions were answered personally after a literature search. A profile of questions and a summary of model cases registered in the archives of the centre are reported. The evaluation confirmed the need for and value of a drug information service in relation to pregnancy, so as to avoid alarmist and falsely reassuring attitudes in a field where knowledge is often based on scanty information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-453
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1988

Keywords

  • drug information centres
  • drug use
  • maternal treatment
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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