A Clomid birth defects lawsuit may be an option for women who took the drug prior to and after becoming pregnant and gave birth to children with birth defects. Clomiphene, also known as clomifene and sold under the brand names Clomid and Serophene, has been used for over 40 years as a treatment for women experiencing fertility problems. However, reports correlate the fertility medication clomiphene to increased birth defects in children born to women who took the drug before and during pregnancy. Affected families may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a Clomid lawsuit attorney.
If you or a loved one took Clomid or Serophene before or during pregnancy and delivered a child with birth defects or other complications, contact Attorney Group for more information about your options. We can answer your questions in a free and confidential consultation. If you wish to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Clomid birth defects lawsuit attorney who can assist you through the legal process. The time to pursue a claim is limited, so contact us today.
What is Clomiphene, and How Does it Work?
Clomiphene is a non-steriodal fertility medication used to stimulate ovulation. Clomiphene is used to induce ovulation in women and is in a class of medications called ovulatory stimulants. It works similarly to estrogen, a female hormone that causes eggs to develop in the ovaries and be released. Clomiphene is also prescribed as an off-label medication to men to treat secondary hypogonadism (a condition where the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone). “Off-label” means that the drug has been neither tested nor approved by the FDA for this purpose.
Clomiphene and Birth Defects
A recent study in the journal Human Reproduction, reported on by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and using data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, found a correlation of a small number of women who used Clomiphene to severe birth defects, including those that affect the brain, heart, and limbs of the child (Reefhuis, Honein, Schieve, Rasmussen, and NBDPS). According to the study, several correlations between the use of Clomiphene and several birth defects were observed.
Findings of the study indicate that children of mothers who used Clomiphene experienced the following complications in greater numbers than children of mothers who did not use the drug:
- Previous birth defects associated with Clomiphene include neutral tube defects (NTDs), hypospadias, and craniosynostosis
- Significant associations between Clomiphene and anencephaly, Dandy-Walker malformation, septal heart defects, muscular ventricular heart defects, coarctation of the aorta, esophageal atresia, and cloacal extrophy
These and other birth defects may require one or more surgeries to treat the defect, often resulting in large medical costs to the child’s parents and family. In the case of some defects, such as those affecting the heart, the child may require multiple medical procedures as they age in addition to initial surgical procedures within the first three years of their life.
How a Clomid Birth Defects Lawsuit Can Help
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are accompanied by full and accurate instructions and warnings to guide prescribing doctors and other health care providers in making treatment decisions. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
The parents of children who were born with birth defects linked to Clomid or Serophene may be entitled to compensation for damages, including the child’s:
- Medical expenses
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Scarring or physical deformities caused by the birth defect or treatment
If a child died due to birth defects linked to Clomid or Serophene, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of their child prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a child
- Funeral expenses
Affected families are encouraged to seek the advice of a Clomid birth defects lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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