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Making medicines safer for pregnant and breastfeeding women: ConcePTION in Uppsala Reports


“Pregnancy and breastfeeding can be a chaotic period, exacerbated by lack of safety information for drugs taken during this time. The IMI ConcePTION project aims to change that.” So reads the first paragraph of the Uppsala Monitoring Centre’s feature about ConcePTION. Published today, this article describes the ins and outs of the ConcePTION project, and how they are all connected. 

Women need medicines before, during, and after pregnancy. Some for an acute condition, perhaps a headache or nausea. Others for chronic conditions, such as asthma or epilepsy. What they have in common is a need for evidence-based care, at a time in life when evidence for medicine safety is lacking. The Innovative Medicines Initiative ConcePTION project is working to close this knowledge gap. It seeks to improve the health of pregnant and postpartum women by moving maternal health care from a state of fragmented data towards informed decision-making. 

Here at the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics, Mats Hansson is leading the work to develop a European Breast Milk Collection for lactation studies, and Erica Sundell is coordinating two upcoming Swedish studies. Want to learn more about ConcePTION? 

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Last modified: 2024-03-19