Fertility Drug Clomid Causes Birth Defects in Children

(July 27, 2011)

Reading about a fire station burning down in the newspaper is ironic. Taking a fertility drug to induce ovulation and increase your odds at becoming pregnant, only to learn that this same drug increases the odds of birthing a child with defects, is also ironic.

This is the newest findings associated with fertility drug Clomid, according to new studies from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Also marketed as Serophene, Clomid  birth defects have been reported anywhere from two months before conception to the first month of pregnancy. Such birth defects include anencephaly (open cranium lacking a brain), septal heart defects, esophageal artesia (closed esophagus), coarctation of the aorta, craniosynostosis (premature fusion of skull bones), and omphalocele (abdominal wall defect).

These findings were published last year in the online journal Human Reproduction, and other studies have shown more complications, such as nearly double the risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for children exposed in utero, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.  Such findings have lead to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s categorization of Clomid into pregnancy category X, which is the highest risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy.

According to the FDA, category X shows “positive evidence of human fetal risk; women who are or could become pregnant should not take this drug.”

If you have taken Clomid while pregnant, you may be eligible to file a dangerous drug claim. Feel free to contact one of our attorneys at 1-800-246-4878

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