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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 8, 2016

Call for Stepped-up Research on Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

JAMA. 2016;315(10):971. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1631

The frequent use of antidepressants among women of childbearing age has prompted researchers from the CDC and the March of Dimes to call for accelerated research on whether the drugs are safe for pregnant women.

Using data from Truven Health Analytics, the investigators estimated that 15.4% of women aged 15 to 44 years with employer-sponsored insurance filled prescriptions for antidepressants from 2008 to 2013 (Dawson AL et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65[3]:41-46). The convenience sample of privately insured women of reproductive age included an average of 5.8 million women each year. The most commonly filled antidepressant prescriptions were for sertraline, bupropion, and citalopram.