News & Analysis News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Women’s Use of ADHD Drugs of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Skyrockets and her coauthors argue more research is The number of privately insured women of needed. This is particularly important given child-bearing age filling prescriptions for at- the high rate of unintended pregnancy in the tention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder United States, they note. (ADHD) medications increased 344% be- “Half of all pregnancies in the United tween 2003 and 2015, according to the a re- States are unplanned, and women may be cent report by the US Centers for Disease taking prescription medicine early in preg- Control and Prevention (CDC). nancy before they know they are preg- To gauge how many women are using nant,” said Coleen Boyle, PhD, MSHyg, di- ADHD medications, the CDC analyzed a da- rector of the CDC’s National Center on Birth tabase of outpatient prescriptions filled by Defects and Developmental Disabilities in a privately insured women between the age news release. “Early pregnancy is a critical of 15 and 44 years during this period. The time for the developing baby. We need to MostpeopleinfectedwithhepatitisBde- number of women in the sample varied from better understand
JAMA – American Medical Association
Published: Feb 27, 2018
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