USPSTF Reaffirms Recommendation on Folic Acid Supplementation — Physician’s First Watch

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January 11, 2017

USPSTF Reaffirms Recommendation on Folic Acid Supplementation

By the Editors

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all women who are planning or capable of pregnancy take a multivitamin with folic acid (0.4 to 0.8 mg) every day to prevent neural tube defects. The grade A recommendation, published in JAMA, reaffirms the group's 2009 recommendation.

An editorialist concludes: "The USPSTF recommendation that all women of childbearing age take folic acid supplements is a prudent one. Ideally, it will educate all women who are planning or capable of pregnancy to follow this recommendation and thereby reduce the risk of these severe birth defects in their infants."

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