Antibiotics in Pregnancy and Lactation- Pharmacist


  Credits  1.5

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Antimicrobials are among the most commonly used drugs in pregnancy and lactation. They are prescribed for a variety of infections during or following pregnancy, including urinary tract infections, Group B streptococcal colonization, and mastitis. In a recent Centers for Disease Control survey, 30% of women reported taking antibiotics during pregnancy. Antimicrobials can present risks to the pregnant woman (some of which are unique to pregnancy), as well as risks to the unborn fetus or breastfed infant. In December 2014, the FDA approved new medication labeling requirements for pregnancy and lactation that began to take effect in June 2015. This issue discusses the new labeling, and updates the previous (October 2012) Rx Consultant issue on antimicrobial use in pregnancy and lactation. The principles of adverse drug effects in pregnancy and lactation will be also discussed. Tables 1 and 2 group selected oral antimicrobials into categories based on perceived risks in pregnancy and lactation, with their "retired" FDA pregnancy categories and lactation risk ratings (based on the Hale lactation rating scale), along with commentary. Definitions of the risk categories for both pregnancy and lactation are provided in the appendix of the online version of this issue. Antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV infection and hepatitis are not reviewed here because they present a unique set of risk-benefit considerations. A summary of potential antimicrobial/hormonal contraceptive interactions and counseling advice for patients is provided in the Patient Connection interpretation and prescribing practices. While more detailed information will be available to help guide providers who care for pregnant and breastfeeding patients, the new system also imparts greater responsibility to healthcare providers to protect the mother, unborn fetus, or breastfed baby.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-16-002-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.