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Are the "pregnancy" pictograms on medicine boxes reliable?

2022-07-04T07:04:44.803Z

Two models of pictograms are proposed but this poses problems of interpretation for pregnant women and professionals.



Any measure intended to improve information and the correct use of medicinal products in general, and in pregnant women in particular, is welcome.

The National Academy of Pharmacy, like all health professionals, therefore welcomed, in October 2017, the decree imposing the affixing by manufacturers of a specific pictogram on boxes of medicines considered to be at risk of toxicity or causing a risk of malformation for the foetus.

However, in use, prescribers and patients were quickly disillusioned...

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It is a question of alerting patients to the dangerousness of certain drugs during their pregnancy.

Two models of pictograms are proposed: "Drug + Pregnancy = Danger, not to be used except in the absence of therapeutic alternatives", and "Drug + Pregnancy = Prohibited, not to be used even if there is no 'alternative therapy'.

This poses problems of interpretation: a source of concern for pregnant women…

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Source: lefigaro

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