Antihypertensive shortages putting pregnant women in danger, doctors warn

Associate Professor Amanda Henry said doctors were 'continually on a knife edge' when managing hypertension in pregnancy.
Sarah Simpkins
Associate Professor Amanda Henry.

Doctors warn that the narrow range of antihypertensives available for pregnant women is facing serious supply issues, putting patients at risk of hospitalisation.

Only 11 out of more than 50 blood pressure medications approved in Australia have good safety data for use in pregnancy, with mainstay drugs such as ACEIs and ARBs contraindicated.