Rate of Childbirth Complications Lower With High Volume Providers

A recent study has found that women whose childbirth was attended by ob/gyn providers who handled fewer than seven deliveries a year had a 50% higher rate of complications than those attended by high-volume providers. The four categories of complications studied were: laceration, hemorrhage, infection, and thrombosis. In contrast, the volume of deliveries at a… Learn More »

Potentially Tragic Prescription Mix-Up Exposes Pharmacy Fallibility

    A pregnant woman in Colorado was mistakenly given methotrexate when she went to fill a prescription for antibiotics.  Commonly used to treat cancer, the drug is also used to terminate early term pregnancies.  The woman went home and took one dose of the medication and immediately starting feeling nauseous.  That’s when she looked at the… Learn More »

Drinking Water Contaminated With PCE Tied to Birth Defects

Reports on research tying the drinking of contaminated water by pregnant women to birth defects.

FDA Limits Warning on Suicide Risk from SSRI Anti-Depressants to Adults up to Age 24

On May 2, 2007, the FDA announced that pharmaceutical companies selling selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants would be required to revise the current black box warning of an increased risk of suicidality in children and adolescents to include adults, but only young adults ages 18 to 24.  It’s been noted with some sarcasm that… Learn More »