A new study from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has found that Clomid (clomiphene citrate), a popular fertility drug, may significantly increase the risk of a number of potentially life-threatening birth defects. Congenital abnormalities observed by the CDC study included anencephaly (open cranium lacking a brain), esophageal atresia (closed esophagus), omphalocele (abdominal wall defect), craniosynostosis (premature fusion of skull bones), and gastrointestinal birth defects. Our Clomid lawyers are currently investigating potential claims nationwide on behalf of families harmed by Clomid birth defects.
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Which birth defects have been linked to Clomid?
In November 2010, the journal Human Reproduction published the results of a CDC study that found a significant increased risk with certain types of birth defects following the use of the drug before or during pregnancy. The CDC summarized its report and stated that “mothers of children with the following birth defects said they used clomiphene citrate more often than mothers of children without birth defects” among those participating in the study. The implicated birth defects included:
- anencephaly (open cranium with absence of a brain)
- esophageal atresia (closed esophagus)
- omphalocele (protrusion of part of the intestine through the abdominal wall)
- craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the skull bones)
- 3 different types of heart defects
- Dandy Walker malformation (severe brain defect)
- cloacal exstrophy (involves multiple abnormalities of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts)
Unfortunately, the CDC study is not the first to point to a possible link between Clomid and birth defects. The following fetal abnormalities have been reported in various studies and clinical trials:
- autism spectrum disorders (ASDS)
- spina bifida (myelomeningocele)
- penoscrotal hypospadias
- Down syndrome
- congenital gut lesions
- cleft lip
- cleft palate
- congenital hip
- undescended testicles
- conjoined twins
- teratomatous malformation
- patent ductus arteriosus
- arteriovenous fistula
- inguinal hernia
- umbilical hernia
- pectus excavatum
- dermoid cyst of scalp
- spina bifida occulta
- persistent lingual frenulum
- neonatal death
- fetal death
Sadly, Clomid birth defects may require numerous surgical procedures to correct, placing a heavy financial burden on the child’s parents. In the case of Clomid-induced congenital heart defects, the child may need an initial surgery before the age of three, as well as multiple additional surgeries as they age. While some Clomid birth defects are treatable when diagnosed early, in other cases, the only viable option may involve a total heart transplant or other extremely serious procedures.
First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1967, Clomid(clomiphene citrate) is America’s most widely prescribed fertility medication designed to help women conceive. Clomid belongs to a class of drugs known as ovulatory stimulants that work by inducing ovulation (the production of an egg) in women who are incapable of producing eggs. Clomiphene citrate is currently classified by the FDA in Pregnancy Category X, which is designated for those drugs that present the highest risk to unborn babies. Pregnancy Category X indicates that Clomid should not be used before or during pregnancy, and that animal testing has shown evidence of injury to the fetus. The administration recommends that women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should not take Clomid.
Are there generic versions of Clomid on the market?
Yes. There are currently several generic Clomid products on the market in the United States including Serophene (Serono, Inc.), Milophene (Milex Products, Inc.), and Clomiphene citrate (Par Pharmaceutical). Although these generics have been given an ‘AB’ rating, which means that they are chemically equivalent to Clomid, they may have different inactive ingredients than the name-brand version. This variation could cause problems for people with allergies or other sensitivities. Clomid has also been used extensively in an ‘off-label’ capacity (for which it was neither tested nor approved for use by the FDA) in the treatment of secondary hypogonadism.
Do You Have a Clomid Birth Defects Lawsuit?
As a consumer, you have the right to trust that your medication is safe. Unfortunately, this is all too often not the case. If your child was born with any of the congenital defects mentioned in this article after taking Clomid in pregnancy, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. When a pharmaceutical company acts negligently, its actions can have catastrophic widespread consequences. However, victims may recoup damages through a successful Clomid birth defects lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer.
Well versed in defective drug laws that protect consumers like you, our Clomid birth defects lawyers have handled countless claims involving harmful pharmaceuticals. If your child was born with a birth defect you believe may have been caused by Clomid, contact us today to discuss your legal rights.
Is there a time limit in filing a Clomid birth defects lawsuit?
Although we encourage all our potential clients to take great care in selecting their Clomid birth defects lawyer, it is important that you understand that time is of the essence. The applicable statute of limitations in your state may time bar your claim. Furthermore, we are unable to provide you with legal advice without first evaluating your potential case. Accordingly, please take the time now to contact us by using the confidential email contact form below or by calling us toll free 24 hrs/day by dialing (866) 588-0600.
We hope we will be able to assist you with your potential Clomid birth defects lawsuit and look forward to speaking with you.
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