Claims Against Clomid
After a study was released indicating that the drug Clomid was linked to birth defects, numerous injury claims were filed against the manufacturers.
Many mothers gave birth to babies with side effects including, but not limited to:
- Cleft lip and palate
- Cloacal extrophy
- Dandy Walker Syndrome
- Esophageal atresia
- Heart defects
What Does Clomid Do?
A non-steroidal fertility medication, clomid causes the pituitary gland to release hormones required to stimulate ovulation for women looking to become pregnant. Clomiphene, the active ingredient of the drug, causes ovulation in women with medical conditions, including polycystic ovary system, that tend to prevent naturally occurring ovulation. It is not recommended to use clomid if you are already pregnant, allergic to the medication, or have:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Ovarian cysts, unrelated to polycystic ovary syndrome
- A pituitary gland tumor
- Past, or present, liver disease
- Untreated or uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal gland problem
- Uterine fibroids
Clomid should not be used during, or after, pregnancy, as clomiphene can pass into breast milk, and harm a nursing child. The medication can also slow breast milk production in some women. It is best to take this medication while trying to become pregnant, on the fifth day of your menstrual period, following your doctor’s instructions. This medication may also have adverse reactions when interacted with other drugs including prescription, and over the counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal products, which is why all current medication use must be disclosed to a doctor before taking clomid.
Dosing for these pills is based on specific, individual, medical conditions, and responses to therapy. It is not recommended to take a higher dose, or for a longer period of time, than prescribed, as the medication should not be taken for longer than six, five day, cycles. As more studies are conducted regarding the birth defects, and other fetal risks, clomid has been linked to, it is important to speak to a doctor about all possible hazards of this drug.
Lawsuit Information Of Clomid
Manufacturers sanofi-aventis us first introduced clomid into the american market in 1967. They did not notify ob/gyns of the risks that clomiphene can stay in a woman’s blood stream for an extended period of time, and can remain present during the first trimester of an infant’s growth. Researchers believe that the lingering effects of the drug is what can cause significant developmental problems, and birth defects, among children.
In march 2016, a federal judge has rejected the allegations made against sanofi-aventis us, that claimed the company did not adequately warn users of potential birth defects caused by clomid. This is the third time the fda has rejected a claim against the drug, and allegations of it causing birth defects.