Drug classifications for pregnancy flawed

Current classifications for the use of drugs in pregnancy in Australia are problematic and advice given to pregnant women is often not evidence-based, an expert believes.

In an editorial, Debra Kennedy, director of MotherSafe at the Royal Hospital for Women, said that the alphabetical nature of the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee categorisation implied a hierarchy of risk, which could easily be misinterpreted, according to Ms Kennedy.

Most advice given to pregnant women about drug safety was taken from