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Diflucan Birth Defects - Product Liability Attorneys Determine If You Have A Lawsuit
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revised its warning and rating on the anti-fungal prescription medicine Diflucan for pregnant women. Diflucan had a prior pregnancy category C rating for its consumption and usage from the FDA, meaning there was no conclusive tie to usage of the drug and resulting birth defects or at least not enough human studies available to draw a correlation confidently. However, currently, if the drug is taken in large doses, such as multiple times a day and/or for extended periods of time, it is considered a heightened pregnancy category D drug. If it is taken in modest amounts or episodically, as recommended, the former classification of category C still applies. Parents who suspect that their children might have suffered Difulcan birth defects will want to consider consulting a defective drug recall attorney familiar with product liability litigation.
What Is The Prescription Drug, Diflucan
Diflucan is a prescription drug often used to treat vaginal yeast infections. It is recommended for occasional usage but not for repeated or continuous use. Yeast infections can occur with more frequency during pregnancy and cause discomfort like burning, itching, irritation, redness, foul odor and/or discharge.
Birth Defects Found In Infants Of Women Who Took Diflucan While Pregnant
The revised categorization and warning issued by the FDA means that there have been reports of clinical trial and/or study data that demonstrate a probable connection between heavy use of the drug during the first trimester of a pregnancy and resulting birth defects in humans. These birth defects are considered rare and particularly dangerous. The birth defects found in affected infants include but are not limited to:
- Abnormal facial features
- Abnormal facial structure
- Short, broad head shape
- Bowing of thigh bones
- Thin ribs
- Long bones
- Congenital heart disease noted at birth and
- Oral cleft in the form of a cleft palate.
Product Liability Litigation Remedies
By consulting with a product liability attorney handling products liability litigation against the pharmaceutical manufacturer of Diflucan, you can determine if the birth defects your child suffered could be a result of usage of the drug during pregnancy and further explore your available legal remedies. Those remedies could include filing suit for monetary compensation for you and for those in your family.