1st Edition

Drugs in Pregnancy
A Handbook for Pharmacists and Physicians

ISBN 9781771888950
Published June 9, 2020 by Apple Academic Press
464 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

USD $179.95

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Book Description

This first-of-its-kind handbook offers crucial information on the safety of drugs taken during pregnancy. It covers an exhaustive list of common and less common drugs and provides for each drug the FDA letter categorization and newly approved “Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule (PLLR)” systems for rating drug risks in pregnancy, imposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Drugs in Pregnancy: A Handbook for Pharmacists and Physicians covers the pregnancy ramifications of using anti-infective, cardiovascular, hematologic, dermatologic drugs and drugs affecting the endocrine, central, autonomic, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal systems in addition to herbs, vitamins and dietary supplements. To enable the reader to develop well-informed knowledge about a drug safety profile during pregnancy, three sections of data have been provided for each drug: FDA Category, Risk Summary, and Further Reading.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Anti-Infective Agents  3. Cardiovascular Drugs  4. Hematologic Drugs  5. Drugs Affecting the Endocrine System  6. Drugs Affecting the Respiratory System  7. Drugs Affecting the Central Nervous System  8. Drugs Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System  9. Drugs Affecting the Gastrointestinal System  10. Drugs Affecting the Musculoskeletal System  11. Drugs Affecting the Urinary Tract  12. Dermatologic Drugs  13. Diagnostic Agents  14. Vitamins & Dietary Supplements  15. Medicinal Herbs

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Radhwan Al-Zidan is a specialized pharmacist with more than ten years of professional experience from working as a hospital pharmacist, community pharmacist, and from his current position in academia. He is currently associated with the Department of Pharmaceutics at the College of Pharmacy at Mosul University, Mosul, Iraq, where he is the rapporteur of the department.


“In this book, Al-Zidan explores the FDA letter categorization and pregnancy lactation labeling rule (PLLR) systems for rating drug risks in pregnancy. Recently, the health system has moved towards patient-centered care giving more value to patients’ decisions regarding their health. This book gives physicians and pharmacists the required information in a quick and easy way for proper informative patient counseling ‘using PLLR’ combined with their old familiar FDA letter categorization, so that both the patient and caregiver would be comfortable when sharing health-related decision making. I recommend this book for physicians and pharmacists.”
—Fawaz A. Alassaf, PhD, Department of Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy, University of Mosul, Iraq