A Massachusetts Clomid lawsuit may be an option for women who took the fertility drug and had a child with birth defects. Infertility drugs such as Clomid may be prescribed for women to boost their fertility, however, some people allege that the drug is linked to birth defects, including those affecting the head and the heart. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation for damages with the help of a Massachusetts Clomid lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Massachusetts today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Massachusetts Clomid lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
The Effects of Infertility
As the Massachusetts General Hospital website explains, infertility exacts a mental and emotional toll on many people. In fact, increased stress levels in some people may make them even more unlikely to conceive, so one approach of fertility treatment is psychological. According to several studies the hospital cites, such intervention has led to better pregnancy rates and less depression and anxiety.
The depression and anxiety often stem from the fact that many adults want to become parents. They may face personal, societal and familial pressure to conceive, and when no conceptions occur, feel as if they are failing to meet expectations. However, infertility is far from a rare problem; it shows up in cultures and societies across the globe and may affect as many as 15 percent of couples who are of age to conceive.
What is Clomid and How Does It Work?
Clomid is one of the medications used to treat infertility, according to Teragon Labs. It helps stimulate ovulation, and patients take it orally. Clomid works by opposing “the negative feedback of estrogens on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which enhances the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).” Essentially, it reduces or eliminates the impact of estrogen.
Clomid Side Effects
A number of side effects are possible with Clomid, as WebMD notes. For example, some patients may be allergic to the drug and develop breathing issues, rashes and swelling of the throat, tongue and face. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is another condition that can occur; critical areas such as the heart may fill with fluids in the most severe cases of this syndrome. Weight gain, nausea and irregular heartbeat are other symptoms associated with the condition.
Vision issues are another potential consequence of taking Clomid, but these issues last permanently only in rare cases. Seeing spots and eye pain are two indicators that a person may be experiencing this type of side effect. Less-severe side effects may include dizziness, tender breasts and headaches. Doctors advise seeking medical treatment when these symptoms continue or begin to get worse.
Clomid Lawsuit Claims
In 2014, a woman and her son, born in 1993, filed a lawsuit against drug manufacturer Sanofi and others involved in making Clomid. The lawsuit alleged that the companies failed to warn people of the potential dangers of Clomid. The boy was born with hand and elbow issues stemming from levels that remained in the mother’s body after she took Clomid in 1992, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that Clomid manufacturers had never warned of the possibility of defects even though many clinical studies indicate otherwise.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although with small samples, does seem to back up the possibility of a link between Clomid and birth defects. Such defects may include heart defects and anencephaly, which occurs when a baby is born lacking parts of his or her brain and skull.
How a Massachusetts 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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