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DRUG SAFETY DATA
Much of what I will touch on will be taken from the perspective of Motherisk, where we as service providers speak to patients and practitioners on a day to day basis. Why do we want to collect and analyze drug safety data in pregnancy? The most important reason is to discover possible adverse pregnancy outcomes associated with drugs and other exposures during pregnancy. We also want to be able to identify signals and establish risks early in the life span of a drug release; and finally, to disseminate this information back to patients and health care providers so that rational choices about disease management in pregnancy can be made. We therefore need to collect the information, analyze it, and report it back in a way that is scientifically valid but also makes sense to the clinician and patient who needs the information.
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