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

d 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 sit
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