ALERT!!: A Nationwide Shortage of Pain Medication for Labor Pain Grows

A MAJOR MEDICATION SHORTAGE IS RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE COMFORT AND SAFETY FOR WOMEN IN LABOR. I’M DR. JAMES LOZADA. DOCTORS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE COUNTING THE VIALS OF LOCAL ANESTHETIC TO SEE HOW MUCH THEY HAVE BEFORE RUNNING OUT. THE DRUG—CALLED BUPIVACAINE—IS USED TO PROVIDE ANESTHESIA FOR CESAREAN DELIVERIES AND LABOR […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Pregnancy And Motherhood

– Well, a year and a half ago, we met an incredible young woman, Stephanie, and her husband, Andres. Now, for years, Stephanie has had chronic rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune and inflammatory disease. Now, she told me and Pfizer’s chief patient officer, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, that she wanted to have a baby, even if […]