Macrolide prescribing in pregnancy linked to risk of birth defects

Researchers have called for caution when prescribing macrolides in pregnancy, after finding a small increased risk of birth defects in children whose mothers received the antibiotics during the first trimester of pregnancy.

by Chloe Harman
Experts agree further research is needed to clarify the safety of prescribing macrolides in pregnancy. | GETTY IMAGES
Experts agree further research is needed to clarify the safety of prescribing macrolides in pregnancy. | GETTY IMAGES

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