Medications that Cause Serious Birth Defects
- Categorized in: RED ALERT
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. A disturbing number of these are caused by the use of dangerous medications during pregnancy, and many can be prevented through greater awareness and safer practices.
Throughout the history of modern medicine, a number of popular medications have been linked to serious birth defects and fetal death after they have been on the market for quite some time. Some of the most widely known include thalidomide, a medication used during the mid 1950s as a sedative and antiemetic agent, and Accutane, a medication used since the 1980s to treat severe acne.
Yet, even many unsuspecting drugs may increase a women's risk of having a baby with a birth defect. Yaz, one of the most popular birth control pills on the market, has been cited in various studies as a medication that may potentially cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy. With an average failure rate of 5 percent, many women unknowingly expose their baby to the drug before their pregnancy can be detected.
Many women who have suffered because of Yaz and other medications have sought legal recourse against drug manufacturers by filing Yaz lawsuits, as well as lawsuits against other manufacturers of dangerous medications. Consumer advocates have argued that in a number of instances, negligent drug companies have hidden or downplayed serious risks posed to pregnant women by their medications.
Experts around the nation continue to express astonishment and concern over the amount of dangerous drugs used by many pregnant women today. In today's environment of ubiquitous medication use, health care professionals are instructing women to speak with their doctor before taking any new medication, regardless of whether it is available by prescription or over-the-counter. Because even common pain medications such as Aleve and Aspirin can cause harm to a developing baby, patient advocates are warning women to air on the side of caution for their own safety and the safety of their baby.
For more information on drugs that can cause harmful effects during pregnancy, visit DrugWatch.com