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Monday, November 5, 2012

Registry Data Show Hepatitis B Medications Appear Safe during Pregnancy

An analysis of data from the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry found no evidence that pregnant women's use of drugs to treat chronic hepatitis B — including lamivudine (Epivir) and tenofovir (Viread) — is associated with birth defects, according to a report in the November 2012 Journal of Hepatology.

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be transmitted from mother-to-child during pregnancy or delivery. Treatment with antiviral medications can reduce HBV viral load — and thereby lower the risk of transmission — but caution is warranted when using drugs during pregnancy because some can cause problems including congenital abnormalities.


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