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U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler Bill to Make Medication Safer for Moms and Infants Passes U.S. House

“21st Century Cures” package to improve medical treatments and cures passes U.S. House; included bipartisan bill authored by Reps. Herrera Beutler and Castor

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Washington, D.C. , November 30, 2016 | comments
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Safe Medications for Moms and Babies Act – a bill co-authored by Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Kathy Castor (D-FL).
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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Safe Medications for Moms and Babies Act – a bill co-authored by Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Kathy Castor (D-FL).  The bipartisan solution was included in the 21st Century Cures legislative plan to improve cures and treatments for chronic conditions and diseases.

“I’m so pleased the U.S. House advanced this important solution that will help mothers obtain safer medication while pregnant and breastfeeding,” said Jaime. “It’s time we take the risk out of treating chronic conditions for pregnant and nursing moms.  I’m optimistic that the Safe Medications for Moms and Babies Act will be approved by the Senate and be signed into law before the year ends.”

Reps. Herrera Beutler and Castor introduced the Safe Medications for Moms and Babies Act last spring to address the dangers posed to mothers and infants by the lack of research on medication taken during pregnancy and lactation.  Their bipartisan solution will identify major research gaps involving pregnant and lactating women who take prescription medication, and detail ways to promote safer medications for them to use.  More details on the bill are available here.

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