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Birth Defects may be Due to Antiemetic Drug

Nothing is more tragic than a child that is born with defects that would not be there but for the adverse effects of certain drugs that should not have been administered. This is the essence of a dangerous drug lawsuit for birth defects, and according to the bulk of the studies about Zofran (ondansetron), an antiemetic may very well fit the but for part of the lawsuit information. An antiemetic is a drug that blocks certain receptors in the brain that triggers nausea under certain conditions. Zofran in particular blocks serotonin receptors, and it is designed to counteract nausea caused by cytotoxins in the system from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and post surgery. Pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting, commonly referred to as morning sickness, occurs in about 75% of all pregnant women, with the usual onset on the 4th week and persisting into the 14th week. Typically, no medications are necessary because the effects are usually mild and non-life-threatening. Antiemetic drugs are generally not recommended for pregnant women because of the uncertainties regarding the safety of their use on the health of the mother and the developing fetus. In some cases, however, the nausea and vomiting is so frequent, severe, ad prolonged that the mother’s life is threatened along with that of the fetus. In such cases, an antiemetic is prescribed by the attending physician. Zofran manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) encourages doctors to prescribe Zofran in such situations. So far, the lawsuit information against Zofran is confined to suspicions of women who took Zofran during their first trimester and whose children had birth defects and the conflicting results of several studies regarding the matter. It is undisputed, however, that GSK had claimed that it was safe for pregnant women when they had no basis for making such claims, and that they had marketed it as such to doctors. At the very least, GSK...
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Side Effects of Benicar are Dangerous

Benicar is a medication used for treating high blood pressure, but can be used for other conditions as prescribed by your doctor. Known with the generic name olmesartan, this medication functions by preventing the narrowing of the blood vessels which eventually promote proper blood flow. Although beneficial, there have been a number of lawsuits that have been filed after the medication caused severe health complications, particularly intestinal problems. It was initially approved for use in the United States in April of 2002, and shortly after its release in the commercial market it have become one of the leading medications used for high blood pressure. It can be prescribed for adults suffering from hypertension, as well as for children who are over the age of 6. As with any type of medications, there are side effects that come with taking Benicar, and among them are nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, headaches, sinusitis and hematuria, among others. Nevertheless, despite these side effects, Daiichi Sankyo Inc. (the manufacturer of Benicar), state that the benefits outweigh the risks. However, patients who have been using Benicar for a certain amount of time have reported experiencing serious intestinal issues. It may even lead to a dangerous intestinal condition called severe sprue-like enteropathy, a condition that causes chronic diarrhea leading to significant weight loss. Those who suffer from severe sprue-like enteropathy have been hospitalized. Because of the danger that this health condition poses, the FDA have already issued an order to provide additional warnings, although many patients have already filed lawsuits against the manufacturer for failing to provide necessary warnings on possible life-threatening conditions that Benicar can cause. Additionally, as any lawyer can inform you, the medication has also received the black box warning for its high risk of fetal toxicity. Women who are pregnant are warned against taking Benicar for possibility of causing injury or even death...
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