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Zika outbreak brings birth defects to forefront of public mind once again

April 25th, 2016

The recent Zika virus outbreak has once again brought the risk of birth defects to the forefront of the public mind. The 70-year old virus, which originates in South America and has no vaccine, has been known to cause microcephaly, or abnormally small head size, in children born to infected pregnant women. read more »

Children born with birth defects more likely to be mistreated in life

March 21st, 2016

A new study has found that children born with birth defects are more likely to be abused as infants and toddlers than other children. The study was conducted in Texas and involved more than 3 million infants and toddler, over 67,000 of which suffered from some form of birth defect, including cleft lip and cleft palate defects. read more »

More than 100 Zofran lawsuits pending in multi-district litigation

February 5th, 2016

More than 100 Zofran birth defects lawsuits have been compiled into a multi-district litigation (MDL) in Massachusetts. U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor appointed three veteran MDL attorneys as co-lead counsel for the lawsuits, which could play a large role in determining the future of the Zofran lawsuits. read more »

Morning sickness could be managed with risk-free products like tea

December 1st, 2015

Women suffering from morning sickness could find relief in natural remedies such as lemon and ginger tea, according to Neema Savvides, a nutritionist at the Harley Street Fertility Clinic in London. According to Savvides, the lemon acts as an anti-inflammatory and ginger also aids digestive issues in addition to quelling pregnancy-related sickness. read more »

Kim Kardashian corrects improper endorsement of morning sickness drug

November 24th, 2015

Socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian was ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to correct her advertisement for Diclegis, a morning sickness drug she promoted to her social media followers. The FDA took issue with Kardashian failing to fully disclose known risks and side effects associated with morning sickness drugs, including birth defects. read more »

Zofran lawsuit alleges drug caused baby to be born with one kidney

November 17th, 2015

A new Zofran birth defects lawsuit filed against drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline alleges that a child was born with only one kidney after being exposed to Zofran in the uterus. The child’s parents allege that GSK failed to properly warn them about the risks of birth defects associated with Zofran use. read more »

Zofran manufacturer faces more than 30 birth defects lawsuits

September 5th, 2015

British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline faces more than 30 Zofran lawsuits alleging that the drug caused severe birth defects in children born to women who were given Zofran during pregnancy. The anti-nausea drug was approved in 1991 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in surgery and cancer patients, but has increasingly been given to pregnant women to combat… read more »

Parents becoming aware of Zofran birth defects risks

August 30th, 2015

Parents are becoming increasingly aware of the risks of birth defects associated with anti-nausea drug Zofran as news of the serious side effects spreads. An article on www.parenting.com notes that at least 4 studies have linked the drug to an increased risk of serious birth defects among children born to women who use Zofran during pregnancy. According to the… read more »

FDA researcher who saved U.S. from thalidomide passes away at 101

August 30th, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration agent responsible for successfully preventing a drug responsible for horrible birth defects out of the United States has passed away at 101. Kelsey Frances was a Canadian-born medical officer for the FDA who refused to approve thalidomide for sale in the U.S., a decision that ultimately saved thousands of lives from horrific birth defects.… read more »

Kim Kardashian promoting morning sickness drug

August 30th, 2015

Celebrity socialite Kim Kardashian has taken to social media platforms to promote Diclegis, a new morning sickness drug that combines vitamin B6 with an antihistamine. Diclegis was formerly on the market under the name Benedicten until it was pulled from the shelves in 1983 after fears of birth defects surfaced. Several anti-nausea drugs have been used to treat morning sickness… read more »

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