You have a lot of decisions to make during your pregnancy because everything that you take in to your body could potentially affect both you and your unborn child. Sometimes the decisions are easy because the food or drug is potentially harmful to both you and the fetus. However, other decisions are much harder. What happens if there is a drug that you need to treat your medical condition that is unsafe for your unborn baby? How would you even know it was unsafe?
Accurate Information About Drug Safety During Pregnancy Can Be Hard to Find
Chances are that you are going to need some type of medication during your pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that about 90 percent of pregnant women in the United States use some prescription or over-the-counter drug during their pregnancies. Approximately half of pregnant women look on the Internet to determine if the medication they are taking, or are thinking about taking, is safe. Yet, according to a recent CDC study none of the 25 websites the agency considered had identical lists of “safe” drugs during pregnancy.
In an effort to make things easier and safer for pregnant women, the CDC is starting a “Treating for Two” program that will investigate how to get accurate drug safety information to pregnant women. Changes to some drug labels are expected.
Call a Class Action Lawyer in the Cedar Rapids Area If You or Your Child Has Been Hurt
As a patient, and a mother, you deserve to have accurate information about prescription and over-the-counter drugs. You deserve to know what the pharmaceutical companies know about the safety of their drugs and their potential impact on you and your child.
If you have been hurt by a prescription or over-the-counter drug during your pregnancy, then we encourage you to contact an experienced Cedar Rapids personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. You can reach us via this website or by calling 1-800-800-5678.