An Indiana Clomid lawsuit may be an option for women who took the fertility medication and had babies born with birth defects. Known for its ability to induce ovulation and increase fertility, Clomid was seen as an effective solution for couples struggling to conceive a child. Despite the drug’s popularity, Clomid has been linked to the development of birth defects in the children of its patients. Affected patients and their families may be able to file an Indiana Clomid lawsuit and recover compensation for their injuries.
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How Does Clomid Work?
According to its maker, Teragon Labs, Clomid works by releasing hormones into the female body, which in turn, induces ovulation. The drug does this by inhibiting the full effects of the hormone estrogen, and releasing FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) into the body instead. Because of its ability to stimulate ovulation, Clomid was seen as an effective solution to female infertility.
Treating Infertility with Clomid
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that the vast majority of women will begin to ovulate at some point during their first cycle of Clomid therapy. Between each cycle, it is recommended that the prescribing physician checks the patient for other medical conditions, such as ovarian cysts, pregnancy and ovarian enlargement if the patient does not respond to treatment. After the initial low dose, doctors should only increase the dosage if the patient does not begin to ovulate. It is recommended that patients remain on this low dose of Clomid for the first five days.
Basic Facts About Infertility
According to the Mayo Clinic, prescription drugs, such as Clomid, may be prescribed to treat infertility in females. A vast number of American couples struggle to conceive, and it is estimated that approximately 10 to 15 percent of couples will face fertility issues at some point in time. For females, medical professionals define infertility as the inability to conceive a child, and it can be caused by a variety of health conditions, including:
- Blockage of, or damage to, the fallopian tube
- Irregular ovulation
- Pelvic scar tissue
- Abnormalities of the cervix or uterus
If a couple attempts to conceive in the traditional fashion for at least a year with no results, medical help may be needed to remedy the problem.
Clomid and Birth Defects
According to WebMD, there are risks associated with certain infertility drugs, including Clomid. The site reports on a study of women who wanted to increase their chances of conceiving so they obtained the drug on their own and then took it without medical supervision. It was pointed out that women who acquire Clomid without a prescription usually do not report their actions, and that additional research would be needed to understand the link between Clomid and serious side effects, such as birth defects.
Despite this, the study found that fertile women who had healthy babies had a 300 percent lower risk of having a child with a birth defect than women who took Clomid on their own. This apparent ability of the drug to cause birth defects has led the FDA to state that Clomid should not be prescribed to women who are already pregnant. Doctors also say that the drug “stops the growth of new blood vessels” in fetuses.
Clomid Lawsuit Claims
In Utah, Sanofi, a former maker of Clomid is facing allegations from a woman and her son. The woman, who was prescribed the drug in 1992, claimed that it contributed to malformations in the hand and elbow of her son. She is seeking over $75,000 in punitive damages, and claims the drug company ignored the potential for birth defects and failed to issue an adequate warning to the public.
How an Indiana Clomid Lawsuit Can Help
Drug makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by bad drugs may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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