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Earlier this year, the National Association of Attorneys General asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put a black box warning on opioid pain relief medications. Specifically, the attorneys general from 43 states and territories asked the FDA to add a black box warning to inform pregnant women that these types of prescription pain relief drugs could negatively affect infants.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Is the Key Concern

A black box warning is the strongest type of warning that the FDA can require. It is a text alert displayed prominently on the packaging or supplemental instructions for a prescription drug, warning consumers that there is a significant risk of serious complications with the medicine.

The primary concern raised by the attorneys general is the possibility of infants developing neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS. NAS occurs when infants are exposed to opioid pain medications during gestation and suffer withdrawal symptoms after birth. The symptoms of NAS may include:

  • Abnormal sleep patterns
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Weight loss

Other complications may also occur. Accordingly, the attorneys general want women of childbearing age, and their doctors or other healthcare providers, to be aware of the risks so that women seeking pain relief during pregnancy can make informed decisions.

Call an Iowa Class Action Lawyer If Your Baby’s Been Hurt

For some women the decision to use opioids, such as Vicodin, OxyContin, or Percocet, may have already been made without full knowledge about the risks to their unborn children. If you used prescription pain relievers during pregnancy and your child suffered from NAS at birth then it is important to know your child’s rights.

Please contact an experienced Des Moines class action lawyer today at 515-984-0091 or 888-807-2752 for a FREE consultation about your rights and possible recovery. Our lawyers will provide you with an honest opinion about your case and we will do our best to advocate for your child’s full recovery.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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