The use of certain antidepressants during early pregnancy is possibly associated with the occurrence of some major birth defects, and from 2008 to 2013, approximately 15% of a convenience sample of reproductive-aged women in the US aged 15 to 44 years with employer-sponsored insurance filled a prescription for antidepressants. An average of 5.8 million women were included in the analytic sample each year of the study. Researchers found:
• The most commonly filled antidepressants were sertraline, bupropion, and citalopram.
• Women aged 35 to 44 years accounted for the largest proportion of reproductive-aged women filling prescriptions for all common antidepressant types.
• Overall, the percentage of reproductive-aged women with antidepressant claims remained relatively stable during 2008 to 2013; however, prescription claims for some antidepressants showed modest variability.
Citation: Dawson AL, Ailes EC, Gilboa SM, et al. Antidepressant prescription claims among reproductive-aged women with private employer-sponsored insurance – United States 2008-2013. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:41–46. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6503a1.