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Anti-Depressants Associated With Birth Defects

Posted Sep 24 2009 10:02pm

In the latest BMJ, a group of epidemiologists reports that SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a commonly-prescribed type of anti-depressant) are associated with a certain type of birth defect when the mom takes the drug early in pregnancy:

There is an increased prevalence of septal heart defects among children whose mothers were prescribed an SSRI in early pregnancy,

We have a health care system built on dangerous drugs — and those drugs are poorly tested for safety. It isn’t in the drug companies’ interest to do so, of course. In this particular case, I wonder if the drugs were safety-tested on pregnant rats and if so what happened.

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