3. Underpinning Knowledge - Legislation and Professional Issues

Certain medicines, e.g. oral retinoids, valproate, thalidomide, lenalidomide and pomalidomide, carry a high risk of causing foetal malformations and/or can increase the risk of spontaneous abortion when taken by women and girls.

Pregnancy Prevention Programmes (PPP) protect females of childbearing potential by minimising the risk of becoming pregnant while taking these medicines.