Obstetrics group redefines pregnancy "terms." The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine are redefining when a pregnancy is full term.
A full-term pregnancy is considered to be between 39 and 40 weeks of gestation. An early term is 37 to 38 weeks. A baby born between 41 weeks and 41 weeks, six days is considered a late-term pregnancy, while babies born at 42 weeks or greater of gestation is considered post-term. Previously, a full term was considered to be between 37 and 42 weeks gestation.
The doctors' groups, in a joint statement, point out that the new definitions will help eliminate "non-medically indicated deliveries at less than 39" weeks of gestation.
FDA wants to tighten restrictions on opioid-containing painkillers. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended that they tighten restrictions on painkillers that contain hydrocodone, a potentially addictive opioid. Currently, products such as Vicodin that have less than 15 mg of hydrocodone are considered a Schedule III controlled substance. Reclassifying the drug would make it a Schedule II controlled substance, making it harder to get. Oxycodone and morphine are both Schedule II drugs.
To get a prescription for hydrocodone, patients would have to present a written prescription. A doctor would not be allowed to call it in. The Drug Enforcement Administration urged the FDA to make the recommendation to address a rise in prescription drug abuse. The DEA, along with the Department of Health and Human Services, will make the final decision on the classification on the drug.