Navigation Links
FDA, Health Organizations to Study Safety of Medications Taken During Pregnancy
Date:12/30/2009

New collaborative research program to study effects on mothers and their babies

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new research program called the Medication Exposure in Pregnancy Risk Evaluation Program (MEPREP) will fund research to study the effects of prescription medications used during pregnancy. The program is a collaboration among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and researchers at the HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERT), Kaiser Permanente's multiple research centers and Vanderbilt University.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO)

About two-thirds of women who deliver a baby have taken at least one prescription medication during pregnancy according to a journal article published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. There are very few clinical trials that test the safety of medications in pregnancy due to concerns about the health of the mother and child.

"This program is a great example of FDA and the private sector working together to improve the health of pregnant women and their children," said Margaret Hamburg, MD, Commissioner of Food and Drugs. "These data will guide regulatory policy and influence medical practice."

To overcome the challenges presented by the lack of clinical trial data about the use of medications during pregnancy, the research program will link health care information for mothers and their babies in each of the participating research sites. Collectively, the 11 participating sites have health care information for about 1 million births over the past seven years (2001-2007). Many of the mothers associated with these births likely used medication during their pregnancies and now, with the program in place, the FDA and participating researchers have a systematic and timely way of retrieving information from this network.

"This collaborative effort creates a unique resource to study the effects of medication in pregnant women and their children," said Gerald Dal Pan, M.D., director of the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Results of these studies will provide valuable information for patients and physicians when making decisions about medication during pregnancy."

The program blends clinical and research expertise and population-based databases from 11 health plan-affiliated research sites including Kaiser Permanente (Northern California, Southern California, Georgia,, Pacific Northwest, and Colorado regions); Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Group Health Research Institute, HealthPartners, Lovelace Clinic Foundation, the Meyers Primary Care Institute, and Tennessee State Medicaid, and the FDA. The HMO Research Network CERT Data Center at the Department of Population Medicine of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, led by Richard Platt, M.D., M.S., is the coordinating center for the program.

Lead researchers include Susan Andrade, Sc.D. HMO Research Network William Cooper, M.D., M.P.H. (Vanderbilt); Robert Davis, M.D., M.P.H. (Kaiser Permanente Georgia); Craig Cheetham, Pharm.D.; (Kaiser Permanente Southern California); and De-Kun Li, M.D., Ph.D. (Kaiser Permanente Northern California). The investigators have collaborated on numerous studies related to medication use during pregnancy and birth outcomes, as well as studies on the effects of anti-depressant medications, antibiotics, and cardiovascular medications on birth defects and perinatal outcomes.

A Steering Committee composed of representatives from each participating site and the FDA will oversee MEPREP activities and provide overall scientific leadership. FDA epidemiologist, Pamela E. Scott, Ph.D., is the FDA project lead and chair of the Steering Committee.

Media Inquiries: Shelly Burgess, 301-796-4651; shelly.burgess@fda.hhs.gov, Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

SOURCE U.S. Food and Drug Administration


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Inverness Medical Innovations to Present at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on January 12, 2010
2. Endo to Present at J.P. Morgan 28th Annual Healthcare Conference
3. BD to Present at Investor Healthcare Conferences
4. IQAir HealthPro Plus Selected as a Top 10 Product for Parents
5. Masimo to Present at the 28th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
6. Hospira to Present at J.P. Morgan 28th Annual Healthcare Conference Jan. 13, 2010
7. University of Mississippi Health Care Implements Philips VISICU eICU(R) Program
8. Sigma-Aldrich to Present at the 28th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Monday, January 11, 2010
9. Intermountain Healthcare Selects Craneware Revenue Integrity Solutions
10. D-M-S Holdings, Inc. Announces the Filing of a Lawsuit Against Veridian Healthcare, LLC, Steven M. Bisulca and Michael Mazza
11. Sanofi-aventis to Acquire Chattem Inc., Creating a Strong U.S. Consumer Healthcare Platform
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product Development Company ... "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate the user ... with better efficiency compared to the dated and pricey ... on efficacy of the compression for a more informed ... goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... FLINT, Mich. , Oct. 2, 2017 ... acquired 8th Day Software and Consulting, LLC , ... 8th Day Software, based in Tennessee ... Management LLC. 8th Day expands EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for ... product development. "In ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017 Halo Labs announces the ... analysis system called the HORIZON at MIBio 2017 in ... subvisible and visible particulate matter in biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented speed ... of the novel technique Backgrounded Membrane Imaging. ... The HORIZON subvisible particle analysis system ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... As health professionals work to ... “patient engagement.” The patient is doing more than filling out a survey; in many ... is an increasing emphasis in health care and research on the importance of active ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , a leading Health and Nutrition ... the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the rapidly growing CBD market ... can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing costs to end users. , ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many ... dementia. However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the ... 90-day elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl ... this week that explains one of the most popular and least understood books in ... like cryptic and puzzling descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian ... On The Brink” is the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers ... a WWII veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):