NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update

Webwatch: Drugs in Lactation (PostScript 80)

The UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory Service (UKDILAS), was established as a national service in 1980 and is aimed mainly at supporting local medicines information services on all medicines-related aspects of lactation, but is also available to all health care professionals in the NHS, as well as to breastfeeding support organisations. A new web-based resource has been launched which provides a risk-based assessment of all drugs currently used in the NHS and included in the BNF.


The database stratifies risk according to the evidence of known and possible risks to a breastfeeding infant when administering a medicine to the mother. It also advises, where possible, on alternative medicines which have a lower and more acceptable risk rating and provides a link to an evidence source.


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