Pregnancy Paradox

August 14, 2017

The dangers of not testing drugs on pregnant women. Pregnant women can get sick. And women with illnesses do get pregnant. Yet most drugs have never been tested for their effects during pregnancy

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Pregnant women are classified as a ‘vulnerable’ group

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The widely accepted principle that mums-to-be are a ‘vulnerable’ group unfairly excludes them from taking part in clinical studies, and perpetuates the knowledge void around the impact of drugs taken during pregnancy, conclude researchers in the Journal of Medical Ethics. In a linked Commentary, Drs Carleigh Krubiner and Ruth Faden, of the Berman Institute, argue that the designation of pregnant women as ‘vulnerable’ “is inappropriate and disrespectful.”

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Dr. Carleigh Krubiner, a faculty research scholar at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, said that a issuing warning to delay pregnancy may not a be an effective way to handle the spread of the virus and its effects

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