It’s often scary for expectant mothers to use prescription drugs. Although a doctor may assure the mother-to-be that the particular drug that has been prescribed is safe, it is common to discover that a drug has side effects to the unborn baby.
About 70 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. take at least one prescription drug. However, most drugs are not tested on pregnant women for safety. Less than 10 percent of the medications approved by the FDA since 1980 have enough information to determine their safety to pregnant women.
In the 1950s, thalidomide was prescribed to reduce nausea in pregnant women, but was found to cause birth defects. Over 10,000 infants with defects linked to the drug were born before the drug was banned. Since then, researchers and drug companies have been skittish about testing drugs on pregnant women.
Experts are looking to find safe ways to test medications during pregnancy and breast feeding. These groups have been avoided by researchers because of the dangers of causing harm to the child. Also, pregnant women are typically very hesitant, with good reason, of taking part in prescription drug trials while they are pregnant. Prescription drug companies are also worried about complications during the study.Unfortunately, pregnant women often are not sufficiently warned by drug companies, their doctors, or their pharmacists before taking some prescription drugs, and that can lead to birth defects in their unborn children. If you believe your unborn child has been harmed by a prescription drug, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case. You can also visit us on YouTube to learn more about our firm.