It has taken the US Food and Drug Administration to come to the conclusion that changes need to be made to the physician labeling of prescription drugs - to better inform expectant mothers (they call them patients as if they are ill, which they are NOT) as well as health care professionals about the risks of medicines used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Out of the nearly 6 million pregnancies in the US each year, expectant women take an average of 3-5 prescription drugs during pregnancy, says the FDA. And with the history of medications in the US being given without adequate research (DES, Thalidamide, Cytotec) that have had catastrophic results (or hazardous outcomes), I think it is just about time that adequate labeling WITH adequate research is accessible to all who are considering or do become pregnant.
I am somewhat concerned that it has taken so very long for the FDA to come to this conclusion. In no other part of medicine does something ingested impact two people at the same time. When an expectant mother ingests a medication, it impacts both the mother and the fetus. And why will the increasingly better drug labeling "have a huge impact on public health and well-being for women" (according to Rear Admiral Sandra Kweder MD)? What has not been shared with us so far? What has been kept from us? What have they known and not shared?
For years, the FDA has toyed with maternal and fetal health and well-being. I think this "decision" is long overdue and too little, too late for many couplets.