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No Link Between Heartburn Drugs and Birth Defects: Study
Date:11/25/2010

t clear whether these drugs are safe or not for pregnant women.

"Having negative observations is never absolutely reassuring," Katz said. "All you can say is that within that range [in this case, 800,000 infants], the probability is that it is safe," he explained.

"The balance in pragmatic terms is how important is it to treat the symptoms that any drug is designed to treat versus the safety of pregnancy," he added. "That's a very difficult decision to make."

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There's more on pregnancy and birth defects at the March of Dimes.

SOURCES: Eva Pressman, M.D., professor, obstetrics and gynecology and director, maternal-fetal medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.; Michael Katz, M.D., senior vice president for research and global programs, March of Dimes; Nov. 25, 2010, New England Journal of Medicine


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