The Mother of All FDA Fails

The FDA has never required drug safety assessment for fetal germline impact, even though FDA staff understand that gestational exposures can adversely affect developing germ cells. We must end this catastrophic omission, while also granting all Americans access to their own prenatal medical records.

What else damages human germ cells?

What else can harm human germ cells?

Though we focus our attention here on pharmaceuticals, those chemicals are hardly the only exposures that, administered during susceptible periods of development, can wreak havoc on the human germline.  Other culprits include:

• Environmental endocrine disruptors such as Agent Orange (dioxin), pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and flame retardants
• Maternal smoking and recreational drugs
• Various plasticizers and industrial chemicals
• Radiation
• Heavy metals

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