Many mothers have been concerned to find that a correlation may exist between the use of Clomid and birth defects. This discovery has resulted in more than one birth defect lawsuit. Also known as clomiphene citrate, this fertility medication has been around since 1967. It is a non-steroidal tablet that is taken orally. Initially, it was useful for women who had irregular periods, but today it is widely used as a treatment for women who have frequent anovulatory cycles. Anovulation occurs when an egg is not released during a menstrual cycle. This condition is a frequent cause of infertility. Clomiphene citrate stimulates the release of the hormones that encourage the release of an egg.
Clomid has been denominated as a Pregnancy Category X drug for its potential connection to infant birth defects by the Food and Drug Administration (also known as the FDA). This category signifies that the drug, in either data gathered from adverse reactions to marketing and investigation or laboratory studies, has demonstrated itself to be a risk to normal fetal development. It is currently unknown whether the drug can pass into breast milk, as no studies have been conducted as of yet. The May 5th, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine published findings that reported the use of this fertility drug could as much as triple the risk for abnormalities. Anencephaly, aortic coarctation, esophageal atresia, craniosynostosis, and omphalocele are just a few of the conditions that the Oxford Journal of Human Reproduction has potentially linked to Clomid as birth defects.
These aberrations in the brain, heart, esophagus, skull and intestines can be life threatening. The severity of these afflictions may prompt mothers who have taken the drug to file a birth defect lawsuit against the medications manufacturers. It may be necessary to file suit against those involved in the distribution of the drug, such as a pharmaceutical company, laboratories, sales representatives, the pharmacist, the prescribing physician, or a medical facility, like a hospital. Although these facts seem like persuasive reasons to discontinue use, it is never a good idea to discontinue prescription medications without consulting a doctor first.
Coming forward with litigation is an important way that consumers can help prevent others from suffering damages done by products that have manufacturing flaws, dangerous side effects, or marketing that fails to properly instruct or warn those that take the medication. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible, because the statute of limitations (period of time a case is valid for) may prevent legal proceedings from being enacted on Clomid related birth defects.
Consulting with a professional, like the attorneys at the Terry Bryant Accident and Injury law firm, is the best way for an individual to learn their legal rights in this type of situation. These attorneys have the experience and training to know the best approach and whether it is a personal injury or product liability case. This Houston firm can be contacted by calling (800) 444-5000. Case evaluations are free and confidential for those that want to file a birth defect lawsuit due to the belief that their infant may have been negatively impacted by the use of Clomid. Birth defects that exist because the mother was not properly warned of the dangers associated with the medication prior to its use may result in compensation.