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Therapie. 2019 Apr;74(2):289-300. doi: 10.1016/j.therap.2018.11.014. Epub 2019 Jan 31.

Pharmacoepidemiology in pregnancy.

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Laboratoire de pharmacologie médicale et clinique, faculté de médecine de Toulouse, 31000 Toulouse, France; Service de pharmacologie médicale et clinique, centre Midi-Pyrénées de pharmacovigilance, pharmacoépidémiologie et d'informations sur le médicament, pharmacopôle, centre hospitalier universitaire de Toulouse, 31000 Toulouse, France; Inserm UMR 1027, faculté de médecine de Toulouse, 31000 Toulouse, France. Electronic address: justine.benevent@univ-tlse3.fr.
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Service de pharmacologie médicale et clinique, centre Midi-Pyrénées de pharmacovigilance, pharmacoépidémiologie et d'informations sur le médicament, pharmacopôle, centre hospitalier universitaire de Toulouse, 31000 Toulouse, France.
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Laboratoire de pharmacologie médicale et clinique, faculté de médecine de Toulouse, 31000 Toulouse, France; Service de pharmacologie médicale et clinique, centre Midi-Pyrénées de pharmacovigilance, pharmacoépidémiologie et d'informations sur le médicament, pharmacopôle, centre hospitalier universitaire de Toulouse, 31000 Toulouse, France.
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Laboratoire de pharmacologie médicale et clinique, faculté de médecine de Toulouse, 31000 Toulouse, France; Service de pharmacologie médicale et clinique, centre Midi-Pyrénées de pharmacovigilance, pharmacoépidémiologie et d'informations sur le médicament, pharmacopôle, centre hospitalier universitaire de Toulouse, 31000 Toulouse, France; Inserm UMR 1027, faculté de médecine de Toulouse, 31000 Toulouse, France.

Abstract

Taking a medication is usually a challenge for a pregnant woman as the beneficial drug effect on the mother has to be considered regarding its potential adverse effects, not only for her but also for her unborn child. As medication use is common in pregnant women, by chance or necessity, it gives the opportunity to evaluate the consequences of prenatal drug exposure in real life through pharmacoepidemiological studies. This paper provides an overview of data sources, study designs and data analysis methods that can be used for pregnancy medication safety studies. In the future, the implementation of responsive international networks may be the keystones of drug evaluation in pregnancy.

KEYWORDS:

Data sources; Long-term effects; Pharmacoepidemiology; Pregnancy

PMID:
30797568
DOI:
10.1016/j.therap.2018.11.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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