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Is it a problem that some pharmaceuticals have EDC properties?

Pharmaceuticals are designed to have an effect on the body. Pharmaceuticals have their own regulatory system and it is up to medical authorities to authorise and prescribe the use of medicines, weighing benefits of the treatment against possible side effects.

Pharmaceuticals are taken for a purpose, for a limited period and under medical supervision. Special caution is applied during vulnerable times such as pregnancy, when doctors typically only prescribe drugs if really necessary, because of concerns for the development of the fetus. Hormone treatment is therefore usually not taken during pregnancy.

This page is part of CHEM Trust’s Hormone Disrupting Chemicals FAQ – Full list of questions here.

The next question is “What definition should be used for identifying EDCs?“.