Do you know if it has a section on meds/herbs that are safe to take while nursing? I've been using the not so scientific method of: if it's on my list that I got from the OB as safe during pg, and it's in children's meds, then it's fairly safe while nursing.
Also PDR for suppliments looks interesting:
and PDR for Herbal medicine
Am I on the right track? Are they worth the $$
i don't think i would use it for looking up things that are safe to take while nursing. i would use Hale's for that. the PDR is going to say that pretty much nothing is safe while nursing as a CYA maneuver.
We have a copy of the nurse's pocket drug reference.....much smaller, and more compact versions of the same info, like what the drug's compatibility is with other drugs, side effects, etc. I would rather have something like that than the PDR.
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One thing you might do is go to a Borders or Barnes and Noble and order the book to take a look-- there is no commitment to buy (I've done this before, though not intentionally).
Actually, thanks for getting this started, I think I'll "get" one.
No more human sacrifice!
Ok, dug up the info,
"In an effort to better understand how a vaccine could be listed in the most current PDR showing that it contains thimerosal when it is no longer manufactured as such, we contacted PDR directly and asked how the information in their reference books is kept current.
The PDR is published yearly by Thomson Healthcare in Montvale, NJ. Manufacturers pay to have their products listed in the PDR and a free copy of the PDR is distributed to office-based physicians. Not all medical products are found in the PDR because a manufacturer may decide for whatever reason not to list a product. Product information found in the PDR comes directly from the manufacturer and is identical to the latest package labeling as approved by the FDA for that product. No changes to content are made by PDR. PDR may reformat the layout of the information but final formatting and content is approved by the manufacturer before PDR goes to print to insure that PDR’s reformatting does not change the content from the original.
Manufacturers have flexibility to make changes to the information on their product in the PDR without submission of those changes to FDA if the new information is considered a “negative” change.
Negative changes include new warnings about their product, or new findings that would reflect negatively on its use.
Changes of information that would be considered “positive” include information that would further promote or serve to increase use of the product and those changes must be submitted through FDA for approval before they can be inserted into the next PDR edition.
Manufacturers can decide at any time to discontinue production, however, once a manufacturer makes such a decision it is not uncommon for them to keep the information in the PDR for at least a couple of years.
The reasons for doing this are varied. Having unexpired product still available in the market,
or a recommendation from legal council that a product listing be maintained are but two of the many potential reasons why essentially outdated information may still be maintained in the PDR.
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