Majority of drugs lack testing for use by pregnant women

On Behalf of | Sep 8, 2016 | Birth Injuries

While it makes perfect sense for women to take medications to improve the way they feel, doing so can present unrealized dangers. This is because most medications are not tested on pregnant women prior to being marketed for consumption.

In fact, according to a 2013 analysis, among all clinical drug tests sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry, only one percent was specifically tailored to examine pregnant women. But more telling is that pregnant women were not studied at all in 95 percent of pharmaceutical industry-sponsored trials.

The CDC has noted that less than 10 percent of medicines provide a satisfactory amount of information regarding their safety during pregnancy. Moreover, it can be decades after a drug is approved before a problem is discovered and the FDA issues a warning.

As a result, a medication that has long been presumed safe could actually be the opposite. For example, the drug Zofran was given to women for years to treat morning sickness. But now there are accusations that Zofran is responsible for causing birth defects.

Before prescribing a drug to a pregnant patient, a doctor must do all in his or her power to make sure it is safe. This means the doctor must keep apprised of any newly issued FDA warnings regarding the drug. The doctor should also carefully monitor the patient and take note if the drug appears to be having an adverse effect on the mother or the fetus.

If you have discovered that your baby has suffered an injury that you suspect was caused by a harmful drug, you may want to contact a medical malpractice attorney. The attorney could research the drug to determine if the doctor or the company that produced the drug were liable for the harm that came to your baby. The attorney could help you pursue compensation to help cover the medical costs and long-term care that your child may require.

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