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  • Antibiotics, Antidepressants Dominate New FDA Watch List Presence on list does not mean a drug has been linked to a risk, only that new safety information is available or potential risk has been identified and further review will be or has been completed.
  • Is Antacid Use During Pregnancy Tied to Childhood Asthma? Pregnant women who take antacids may be more likely to have children who go on to develop asthma than their counterparts who don’t take these medications, a research review suggests.
 

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  • Antibiotics, Antidepressants Dominate New FDA Watch ListPresence on list does not mean a drug has been linked to a risk, only that new safety information is available or potential risk has been identified and further review will be or has been completed.
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