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FDA to Put Warning Labels Targeting Pregnant Women, Young Children on Sedative Agents

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Background: Studies in animals and in some retrospective human trials suggest that repeated, lengthy (>3 hours) exposure to anesthetic drugs while in utero or during early development produces loss of nerve cells in the developing brain. Objective: To warn the public and health care professionals about possible similar effects in humans. Design: Literature review and panel opinion. Discussion: Labels will now be mandated on all inhalational and intravenous sedative drugs includi more...
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