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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

FDA Proposes New Drug Labels for Pregnant Women

The changes would also advise nursing women of any potential risks.
FDA Proposes New Drug Labels for Pregnant Women

WEDNESDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials proposed Wednesday changes to the labels on prescription drugs that would detail potential health effects for pregnant and breast-feeding women, their fetuses or their newborns.

If enacted, the new system, proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, would provide doctors and pharmacists with more comprehensive information to guide them in their prescribing practices.

"The most important tool the FDA has to carry out its mission to protect and promote the health of every single American is the legal authority we've been given to determine the content and the format of labeling," FDA Commissioner Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach said during a teleconference.

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