Many pregnant women are being prescribed potentially dangerous antibiotics: CDC - (ABC News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that many pregnant women continue to receive the potential dangerous antibiotics sulfonamides and nitrofurantoin, ABC News reported.

  • In 2011, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended against the use of the drugs to treatment urinary tract infections (UTIs) in the first trimester of pregnancy unless no other alternatives are available.

  • Last year, the ACOG revised its recommendation to state that nitrofurantoin and sulphonamides, which have been linked to various birth defects, can be used in the first trimester when "no other suitable alternative antibiotics are available."

  • CDC researchers examined nearly 500 000 privately insured pregnant women in 2014, uncovering that approximately 70 percent of women in the first trimester received antibiotics for UTIs.

  • Despite the recommendations, the CDC found that 35 percent of privately insured first-trimester mothers were prescribed nitrofurantoin, while 8 percent received the sulfonamide trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

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