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“Given the deficiencies of charting and coding in busy medical practices, diabetes in women may not be detected.” This statement, published in the September 21st edition of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, raises a serious issue. And it does so in a way that may shock lay persons.

This statement, contained in a letter addressing the possible side effects of drugs administered to pregnant women, is a frightening indictment of medical practice and drug administration in this country. When it is assumed and understood and “a given” that medical practices are so deficient doctors administering drugs to a woman may not even know if she has diabetes, we are all in peril.

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