The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that doctors should exercise caution in prescribing certain yeast infection drugs to pregnant woman, based on new evidence that highlights that the drugs may lead to miscarriage. Earlier studies of the drug – fluconazole, brand name Diflucan – showed that high concentrations of the drug, when taken by pregnant woman, may lead to birth defects.
The Most Recent Study
The most recent study, which considered data from 1.4 million pregnancies in Denmark over a 17-year time period, concluded that of the approximate 3,300 women who took fluconazole for a yeast infection (which approximately 10 percent of all pregnant women suffer from), about 150 of them had a miscarriage. The study concluded that those women who used fluconazole during the first 22 weeks of pregnancy had a significantly higher risk of miscarriage than did those who did not use the yeast infection drug.
Current Recommendations for Treating Yeast Infections of Pregnant Women
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends that pregnant women who suffer from yeast infections during their pregnancies only use topical treatments (vaginal creams), and avoid oral remedies (such as fluconazole). Despite this recommendation, The New York Times reports that some doctors still prescribe their patients oral medications, perhaps because patients prefer the oral option.
When a Prescription Drug Leads to Harm
The threat of miscarriage when taking an oral yeast infection medication is real, and the FDA warns against doing so. If you have been prescribed fluconazole during your pregnancy, and you experience a miscarriage or your baby is born with certain birth defects, you may have a civil action, against both the doctor who prescribed the medication and the manufacturer of the drug, too.
In order to recover compensation for your loss, you will need to prove that the miscarriage/birth defects would not have occurred but for the dangerous medication, and that you would not have taken the dangerous medication but for your doctor’s prescription. You may be able to recover compensation for your emotional anguish and suffering, medical bills, and more.
Do Not Hesitate to Take Action
While doing so can be difficult, it is important to remember that filing a medical malpractice claim is very time sensitive; if you wait too long, your right to recover damages may be forfeited. To ensure that your rights are protected, contact the Boston medical malpractice attorneys at Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. today. A consultation with our lawyers is always free, and attorney Douglas Lovenberg can guide you through everything you need to know about how to recover the compensation you deserve. Schedule your first appointment using our online form, or call us directly at 617-973-9950.