Medication Trials Almost Universally Exclude Pregnant Women

Medication Trials Almost Universally Exclude Pregnant Women


(bells ring) – My name is Lealah XXX, and I’m a family physician. I focus on care for women, specifically, actually women living with HIV. We don’t have enough evidence about most medications in pregnancy because women who have the
potential to get pregnant, or who are pregnant, are
almost universally excluded from trials on medications. And so there are lots of medications that are very necessary for
many women in pregnancy, that if you look deep in the data, there’s not actually great data saying for certain that
it’s safe in pregnancy. But doctors and patients have
to make a decision together about weighing the pros and cons and the knowns and unknowns
of managing somebody’s medical conditions, with a medication that we may not have a perfect
amount of knowledge about. But if doctors are practicing medicine in a way where they are
completely defensive about a fear of any possible fetal damage, even if the woman is aware
of that fetal damage, that possibility, and wants
to take the medication. How is that gonna impact how a doctor chooses to prescribe or manage patients? They can no longer do the thing that they and the patient decide is right for the patient because of fear that some court of law is
gonna say, no that’s not okay, that was dangerous, and
you’re going to jail. – [Narrator] Help us stop the bans. Go to acluga.org/stopthebans.

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