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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jan E. Markind, RPh, PharmD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is a reference guide to be used by the clinician who deals with pregnant patients. The book addresses questions involving the use of drug therapy in the pregnant or breastfeeding patient.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the healthcare professional with current, easy-to-read, well-organized information on the teratogenicity of specific agents. Each monograph contains a fetal risk summary and a breastfeeding summary. In addition, each agent is assigned a pregnancy risk factor; these are well-defined in the beginning of the text.
Audience: Those that would benefit from the use of this book include those primarily involved in the use of drugs during pregnancy and lactation: physicians, pharmacists, midwives, nurses, and mothers. There is a great deal that remains unknown about the teratogenic effects of drugs, and it is wonderful to have access to such a valuable book.
Features: This book is quite unique. The index is very complete, including generic and trade names. Each monograph includes the generic name (United States), fetal risk summary, breastfeeding summary, and references. The monographs are concise and comprised of studies that support the author's conclusion.
Assessment: This is an excellent textbook that allows the clinician to gather valuable data on the teratogenicity of specific agents. It is very easy to use, well referenced, and very accurate. The new edition provides the clinician with a great deal more information than did the previous edition.