Expect to See Pregnancy Letter Ratings Removed from Drug Labels

Pregnancy categories (A, B, C, D, X) will start to DISAPPEAR from package inserts...due to FDA's new rules on reporting pregnancy risks.

The problem is that the letter ratings oversimplify and don't consistently communicate the degree of fetal risk.

For example, naproxen and morphine are both pregnancy category "C" meds. However, NSAIDs should usually be AVOIDED during pregnancy...while opioids are often RECOMMENDED for severe pain.

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