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Drug classifications can be confusing for pregnant women

Physicians in Australia are asking drug regulators to change the country’s system of medication warnings for pregnant women, arguing that the current system is confusing and scares women into not taking necessary medications during pregnancy. Australia’s current system was introduced in 1979 following the thalidomide tragedy in which pregnant women in Australia and Europe were prescribed thalidomide to treat morning sickness. The drug, however, was found to cause serious birth defects and malformations. Since then, drugs in many countries have been given classifications to help doctors and patients better understand the risks associated with the drugs if taken during pregnancy. ... Read More