Pregnancy and the Pharmaceutical Industry

The Movement Towards Evidence-Based Pharmacotherapy for Pregnant Women

Explores the medical, ethical, scientific, and legal rationales behind the movement towards the inclusion of pregnant women in drug studies.

​Describes how pharma and biotech companies can safely implement the new FDA guidance and begin to include pregnant women in drug testing.

​Shares insider views from the pharmaceutical industry about business risks and the reluctance to implement the new guidance, but also reveals understanding of the ultimate need to include pregnant women in studies and how to do it safely and effectively. 

•Published by Elsevier Academic Press, 2019

Tony S.

OB/GYN Physician

Pregnancy and the Pharmaceutical Industry: The Movement towards Evidence-Based Care for Pregnant Women

The lack of information on the use of medication in pregnant and lactating women has bothered practitioners for decades. The US government is exploring ways to increase research in this area, but there are impediments based on superstition, practical difficulties, and fear of litigation. Kris Shields takes on the issue with a review of the way things are and with practical suggestions for improvement. Dr. Shields has been a health care provider and a researcher for industry in human pregnancy exposures. Her book is a thorough and even-handed exploration of the issues. She does not point fingers or lay blame, and the result is a careful examination that is easy to read. Highly recommended.

Freda S. 

Journalist, Freelance writer

By offering this book, Dr. Shields broadens and deepens the much-needed conversation surrounding evidence-based care for pregnant women. For a wide variety of reasons, all of which are examined in Shield's book, illnesses (minor and major) suffered by pregnant women go untreated due to an unwillingness to include them in clinical trials. She makes  a detailed and highly readable argument for why it's critical to better understand why this is the current state and provides potential paths to improvement.

Coming Soon

Engaging Research

I’ve begun writing a series of guidebooks about women’s health issues. The first two are being published in 2020 and are titled, The Healthy Little Guide to Birth Control: Today’s Best Options for Contraception, and The Healthy Little Guide to Medical Abortion and Emergency Contraception. My next book, tentatively titled, My Life in STDs: Destigmatizing the Hidden Epidemic, is targeted for publication in 2021.

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