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

  • US 6,561,976 B2
  • Filed: 09/26/2001
  • Issued: 05/13/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/28/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for distributing a teratogenic drug to a patient in need of the drug while preventing foetal exposure to the drug, said method comprising:

  • a. registering in a computer readable storage medium physicians permitted to prescribe said drug;

    b. providing said patient with counseling information concerning the teratogenic risks attendant to foetal exposure to said drug;

    c. obtaining the informed consent of said patient to receive said drug despite said risks;

    d. registering said patient in said medium, including information concerning the ability of said patient to become pregnant or to impregnate a female;

    e. upon a determination that said patient is capable of becoming pregnant, determining that said patient is not currently pregnant, and registering same in said medium;

    f. permitting said patient access to said drug only after consulting said medium to verify that said patient is either incapable of becoming pregnant or is not currently pregnant.

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