Vitamin K for the Prevention of Bleeding in Newborns

Marcia L. Buck, PharmD, FCCP

Pediatr Pharm. 2001;7(10) 

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Intramuscular administration of vitamin K at delivery remains the cornerstone of VKDB prevention in the United States. This treatment appears to be both safe and effective for most neonates; however, concerns over the practicality and potential carcinogenicity of this regimen remain. Work continues on developing effective alternatives for the prevention of VKDB in infancy.


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