The Truth about Pills and Pregnancy

With BBC Panorama Reporter Shelley Jofre

The Truth about Pills and Pregnancy
Watch The Truth about Pills and Pregnancy with @BBCPanorama – Reporter @ShelleyJofre

Many women have to take medicines while pregnant. But could they be risking the health of their unborn child? Decades after the Thalidomide scandal shocked the world, Panorama reveals how another medicine has damaged far more children. Drugs cannot be tested on pregnant women for ethical reasons, so doctors do not know if most prescription drugs are safe for the unborn child, and the system set up to monitor side-effects appears to be flawed. As evidence emerges that some common antidepressants are linked to heart defects in babies, the programme asks how much we really know about the safety of medicines women take while pregnant.

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  • On BBC One, Monday 1 Jul 2013 at 20:30.
  • On BBC News Channel, Thursday 4 Jul 2013 at 04:30.
  • On BBC Two, Friday 5 Jul 2013 at 00:20.
  • Reporter: Shelley Jofre.

Let’s see if the BBC mentions DES following the 2012 DES UK Media Coverage. Find out more about DES exposure and the long-term health effects associated with prenatal exposure to DES drug.

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8 thoughts on “The Truth about Pills and Pregnancy”

        1. The program was very interesting but unfortunately did not mention the DES drug tragedy. Once again DES is ignored. WHY? It would have been such a great opportunity. What’s wrong with DES? Is it because with DES journalists can’t show upsetting photos of children born with no arms or legs like the victims of Thalidomide, or newborn babies who have undergone traumatic heart surgery because of the effects associated with the antidepressant drug their mum took during pregnancy? Is it because DES is the very first drug scandal which should have prevented many others to happen? All victims of drugs prescribed during pregnancy should join forces! The stories are all the same and highlights the same failure of our health system and the government response to the devastating consequences of these drugs. DES, Thalidomide, epilepsy drug Epilim, antidepressants … how many more victims are needed to put in place safeguards to protect mothers and their unborn child?

          1. I totally agree ad will raise awareness in our group I no that OACS are very keen on joining forces with everyone in the same situation, at the end of the day we were all given Prescription Drugs!
            Contact OACS

  1. I put a copy of the broadcast on my google drive for anyone outside the UK who wants to see it.
    It’s a shame they didn’t mention DES, but at least it’s a step in the right direction!

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