A Clomid lawyer may be able to assist the families of children with birth defects, where the mother took Clomid or another clomiphene drug prior to or during pregnancy. Studies show a correlation between clomiphene use and birth defects, including those affecting the head and the heart. Mothers and families of children who have been affected by the drug may be eligible to pursue a claim and seek compensation with the help of a Clomid lawsuit attorney.
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What is Clomiphene?
First approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1967, Clomiphene is a non-steriodal fertility medication used to stimulate ovulation. 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.
How Clomiphene Works
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. Its active ingredients, clomiphene citrate, block estrogen receptors at the hypothalamus, releasing follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).
Clomiphene Side Effects
Side effects that may be linked to the use of Clomid include:
- Risk of multiple pregnancies
- Birth defects
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Breast discomfort
- Hot flashes
Clomiphene Birth Defects Risks
A study reported on by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), using data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS), notes a correlation between clomiphene use and serious birth defects, including septal heart defects and muscular ventricular septal defect. According to the CDC report, mothers of children with the following birth defects said they used clomiphene more often than mothers of children without birth defects:
- Anencephaly (abnormal brain and skull development)
- Septal heart defects (abnormal connection between the heart’s lower chambers)
- Coarctation of the aorta (narrowing of the aorta)
- Esophageal atresia (underdeveloped esophagus)
- Craniosynostosis (premature closure of the skull)
- Omphalocele (intestine or abdominal organs are located outside of the body)
The CDC also reported that clomiphene was also correlated (in a very small number of cases) with the following birth defects:
- Dandy-Walker malformation (congenital brain malformation of the cerebellum and the fluid-filled spaces around it)
- Muscular ventricular septal defect (hole in the wall of the heart’s lower chambers)
- Cloacal extrophy (abnormal position of the large intestine and bladder)
Other Clomid Side Effects
According to the FDA, the other side effects have been reportedly linked to pregnancies following ovulation induction therapy with Clomid during clinical trials:
- Cleft palate
- Visual disorders
- Club foot
- Multiple pregnancy
- Down syndrome
- Spina bifida
How a Clomid Lawyer 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 lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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