Methods for delivering a drug to a patient while preventing the exposure of a foetus or other contraindicated individual to the drug

  • US 6,045,501 A
  • Filed: 08/28/1998
  • Issued: 04/04/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/28/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for delivering a teratogenic drug to patients in need of the drug while avoiding the delivery of said drug to a foetus comprising:

  • a. registering in a computer readable storage medium prescribers who are qualified to prescribe said drug;

    b. registering in said medium pharmacies to fill prescriptions for said drug;

    c. registering said patients in said medium, including information concerning the ability of female patients to become pregnant and the ability of male patients to impregnate females;

    d. retrieving from said medium information identifying a subpopulation of said female patients who are capable of becoming pregnant and male patients who are capable of impregnating females;

    e. providing to the subpopulation, counseling information concerning the risks attendant to fetal exposure to said drug;

    f. determining whether patients comprising said subpopulation are pregnant; and

    g. in response to a determination of non-pregnancy for said patients, authorizing said registered pharmacies to fill prescriptions from said registered prescribers for said non-pregnant registered patients.

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