St. Louis Clomid Birth Defect Lawyers

ClomidThe popular fertility drug Clomid has been associated with a number of potentially fatal birth defects when taken just prior to or during pregnancy.  The Clomid birth defect lawyers at our St. Louis-area firm are now working with families who wish to take legal action against negligent drug makers after their baby was born with a Clomid-induced birth defect.

If your child was born with a serious birth defect after you took Clomid during pregnancy, you may be interested in pursuing compensation in a dangerous drug Clomid birth defect lawsuit.  Attorneys at our St. Louis and Metro-East Illinois firm are experienced in defective drug litigation and can fight on behalf of you and your family.  Contact us today for a free legal consultation where you can learn more about your right to compensation.

Contact our pharmaceutical product liability law firm to discuss your case with Clomid birth defect lawyers at our St. Louis or Metro-East Illinois office.  We offer:

  • Free claim evaluations by a local Clomid birth defect lawyer
  • Home and hospital visits anywhere in Missouri or Illinois
  • No fee unless we win your case
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Clomid Birth Defects

In a recently published study by the Center for Disease control (CDC) seen in the online journal Human Reproduction, the fertility drug Clomid was linked with at least nine different life-threatening birth defects.  In this study, women who took Clomid in the two months before pregnancy and during the first trimester of pregnancy were tracked.  Study participants gave birth to babies with the following Clomid birth defects:

  • Three different types of heart defects
  • Omphalocele (protrusion of part of the intestine through the abdominal wall)
  • Esophageal atresia (closed esophagus)
  • Dandy Walker malformation (defect of the brain)
  • Craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the skull bones)
  • Cloacal extrophy (involves multiple abnormalities of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts)
  • Anencephaly (open cranium with the absence of a brain)

A study conducted by Reefhuis et all in 2003 also examined women who took Clomid during pregnancy, and these researchers found that women who use Clomid during pregnancy are 10 times more likely to give birth to a child with spina bifida.  Spina bifida is a neural tube birth defect that occurs when the spinal column and backbone do not fully close before birth.

A 2010 study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health found that fertility drugs like Clomid used during pregnancy increased the risk of autism spectrum disorders by nearly 50%.  Furthermore, hypospadias (irregularly placed or missing urethra) were found to be 508% more likely in boys whose mothers took Clomid while expecting in a study conducted in2006 by Wu, et al.

In another study, 2,339 women who took Clomid during pregnancy were examined, and it was found that in nearly 2.5% of cases the women’s newborns suffered from stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, and reproductive problems.  In addition to that, the babies were more likely to be born with the following birth defects:

  • Undescended testes in males
  • Malformations
  • Hernia
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Club foot
  • Cleft lip and/or cleft palate
  • Blindness

Many of these birth defects are life-threatening; all were preventable.  The sad irony is, in many or most of these cases, the mothers successfully took Clomid to become pregnant, then finally gave birth to find that the same drug caused their child’s birth defect.

How Does Clomid Work?

Clomid is an ovulatory stimulant and has an effect on the body similar to that of estrogen.  Clomid, also known as Serophene, was first approved by the FDA as a fertility drug in 1967 and is now the most prescribed fertility drug in the United States.  Clomid works by inducing egg production (ovulation) in women whose bodies do not produce eggs but who wish to become pregnant.

Clomid also has an “off-label” use as a treatment for secondary hypogonadism.  When a drug is used off-label, it means that the drug is neither tested nor approved by the FDA for that purpose.  In many cases, Clomid is a more desirable and less expensive option for men undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, and it may increase male fertility.

Contact our St. Louis Clomid Birth Defect Lawyers

A number of families have decided to investigate a Clomid birth defect lawsuit after their child was born with a serious birth defect that may be linked to the fertility drug.  In a dangerous drug lawsuit, our St. Louis Clomid birth defect lawyers can pursue compensation for such financial and emotional damages as medical bills, lost wages, prescription costs, and the pain and suffering of the affected child and his or her family.  We empathize deeply with our clients, and we understand that there is truly no way to compensate you for the loss of your child’s health.  However, compensation from a Clomid birth defect lawsuit can enable you to provide the very best care available for that child.  If you feel that your child’s birth defect may be attributed to Clomid, contact our St. Louis Clomid birth defect lawyers today for a free legal consultation.