Pregnant HIV positive women warned of new HIV drug

The drug has been linked to birth defects in pregnant women.

The drug, shortly known as DTG, has reportedly been linked to birth defects in HIV positive women.

The Director of Medical Services, Jackson Kioko in June 2017, had signed off on the use of DTG as an “alternative for people with HIV and who were intolerant to the drug Efavirenz, people who inject drugs and are on anti-retroviral therapy or new patients in the same category”.

As per the new directive, all county directors are expected to ensure that pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers that have been prescribed with DTG finish their prescription until they stop breastfeeding.

“The ministry encourages all healthcare providers to be vigilant in identification and reporting of adverse drug reactions related to ARVs,” he told the Daily Nation.

For women prescribed with the drug and within the ages of 15 and 49 years, they are instead to be prescribed with Efavirenz.

Defects in babies

Women taking the drug during their first trimester were said to be at higher risk of giving birth to babies with neural tube defects.

This is according to the US Food and Drugs Administration and the European Medicines Agency last month.

A neural tube defect can occur in the early stages of pregnancy when the spinal cord, brain other bodily structures do not form properly.

“Women of childbearing age who decide to take a dolutegravir-containing regimen should consistently use effective birth control (contraception) while on HIV treatment.”

You can read the full story here.

Source: Daily Nation

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Comedian Vinnie Baite lands lucrative radio job

Comedian Vinnie Baite lands lucrative radio job

Tired of the high cost of living? It’s about to get worse, but you can stop that

Tired of the high cost of living? It’s about to get worse, but you can stop that

4 tips to deal with stress on your big day

4 tips to deal with stress on your big day

Facebook and Instagram Reels reveal most popular travel spots in Kenya

Facebook and Instagram Reels reveal most popular travel spots in Kenya

Women will choose cheating rich men over faithful broke men - Michael Blackson (VIDEO)

Women will choose cheating rich men over faithful broke men - Michael Blackson (VIDEO)

Fiancée of Michael Blackson confirms she's allowed him to get side chicks (WATCH)

Fiancée of Michael Blackson confirms she's allowed him to get side chicks (WATCH)

Risper Faith to undergo mini-gastric bypass, 1 year after liposuction

Risper Faith to undergo mini-gastric bypass, 1 year after liposuction

Here are 5 things no one tells you about sleeping with your bestie

Here are 5 things no one tells you about sleeping with your bestie

CS Balala overjoyed after conquering Mt Kenya [Photos]

CS Balala overjoyed after conquering Mt Kenya [Photos]