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Ulcer Drug Linked To Birth Defects

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June 30, 1998
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The Hospital For Sick Children
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Researchers at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and several hospitals in Brazil have determined that a drug commonly used for the treatment and prevention of ulcers causes a significant birth defect if taken during pregnancy. The drug, misoprostol, joins an international list of approximately 24 medications proven to cause birth defects.

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada--Researchers at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) and several hospitals in Brazil have determined that a drug commonly used for the treatment and prevention of ulcers causes a significant birth defect if taken during pregnancy. The drug, misoprostol, joins an international list of approximately 24 medications proven to cause birth defects. The research is reported in the June 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.


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