Links to Other Websites
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
The site contains information related to women’s health issues, those related to pregnancy.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The Food and Drug Administration site contains information related to the use of medications during pregnancy, mainly within:
- Center for Drug Evaluation and Research promotes and protects the health of Americans by assuring that all prescription and over-the-counter drugs are safe and effective. CDER also houses the Pregnancy Labeling Task Force.
- FDA’s Office of Women’s Health has compiled information on existing post-marketing pregnancy registries, which monitor exposure to specific medications during pregnancy.
- FDA maintains an alphabetical index of Safety Information for Specific Drugs. This includes FDA Alerts about a rare side effect in nursing infants whose mothers take codeine products, an increase in the risk of birth defects with paroxetine (Paxil) and a description of the strengthened risk management plan for isotretinoin (Accutane).
March of Dimes
Information related to the use of medications and herbal products during pregnancy.
National Birth Defects Prevention Network
A national network of state and population-based programs for birth defects surveillance and research.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Information related to healthy pregnancies. It includes several fact sheets on medications and maternal conditions during pregnancy:
- Information on the use of lupus medications during pregnancy.
- Information on antidepressant medication use during pregnancy
- Information on the effects of hypertension and high blood pressure on pregnancy.
National Women's Health Information Center
A web site and toll-free call center that provide free, reliable health information for women everywhere. The site contains a database of resources and contains topic areas such as pregnancy and medications.
Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS)
Comprehensive and multidisciplinary resources for medical consultation on prenatal exposures.
Commentaries on the potentially harmful effects of chemicals and physical agents on human pregnancy, reproduction, and development. The REPROTOX system was developed as an information source for laboratory scientists, practicing physicians, and government agencies. A subscription is needed to access this service.
TERIS- The Teratogen Information System and Shephard’s Catalog of Teratogenic Agents
TERIS is a computerized database to assist physicians or other healthcare professionals in assessing the risks of possible teratogenic exposures in pregnant women. The database consists of a series of agent summaries, each of which is based on a thorough review of published clinical and experimental literature. Each summary includes a risk assessment derived by consensus of an Advisory Board comprising nationally-recognized authorities in clinical teratology. A subscription is needed to access this service.
Vaccines and Medications in Pregnancy Surveillance System (VAMPSS)
The Vaccines and Medications in Pregnancy Surveillance System (VAMPSS) is a new nationwide post-marketing surveillance system established to comprehensively monitor the use and safety of vaccines and medications during pregnancy.