A Center for Disease Control (CDC) study has recently revealed that side effects of the prescription drug Clomid could be linked to serious if not life-threatening birth defects in infants of women who took the drug while pregnant. The CDC study involved women who reported using the prescription drug during a specified period of time, which included usage up to two months prior to their respective child’s conception. The study continued through the first month of each woman's ultimate pregnancy.
Clomid is a prescription drug generically known as clomiphene citrate. It is in a class of drugs known as ovulatory stimulants. The drug works like the female hormone estrogen in causing eggs to develop in and be released from the ovaries. The medication was typically prescribed to women as part of a regimen of fertility treatments. Additionally, it was also used to treat male infertility, menstrual abnormalities, fibrocystic breast conditions and prolonged milk production.
Because Clomid was largely used for fertility, its linkage to increased odds of dangerous birth defects received widespread publicity. As a result, many personal injury and product liability law firms and attorneys began investigating and pursuing legal remedies for the families of children born with birth defects possibly linked to the drug’s consumption. It is prudent to contact an attorney in the product liability or personal injury field as soon as possible if you believe your child might suffer from this type of birth defect from Clomid usage. It is possible that legal remedies could become time-barred.