1ULSS 4 “Alto Vicentino”, Vicenza
2International Centre on Birth Defects, Roma
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Key words: Drugs, Pregnancy, Malformations, Teratogenicity
Drug use among women of childbearing age and during early pregnancy is common. Pregnant women may require drugs because of an ongoing medical condition, may take them prior to the confirmation of pregnancy, or may use over-the-counter drugs. Approximately 30 human teratogenic drugs have been identified until now. Estimations indicate that less than 1% of birth defects are attributable to drugs, which, however, represents an avoidable part of congenital malformations. When treating a pregnant woman is therefore necessary for doctors to find and give reliable information not only on risks but also on safety of drugs in pregnancy. The role of the pediatrician is discussed.
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