Diflucan Lawyers Reviewing Lawsuits for Birth Defects Caused by Use During Pregnancy
The drug-induced birth defect lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are now investigating potential claims for children born with malformations or other health problems that may have been caused by the mother’s use of the yeast infection and meningitis drug Diflucan during pregnancy. All claims are being reviewed under a contingency fee arrangement, which means that there are no costs or expenses for our Diflucan lawyers to review and evaluate a potential claim. We are only paid if a recovery is obtained for your child.
This week, the FDA issued a new Diflucan birth defect warning, indicating that long-term, high-dose use of the antifungal drug may increase the risk of a variety of birth malformations and congenital anomalies, including:
- Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
- Deformed Head, Skull or Bones
- Muscle Weakness and Joint Deformities
- Congenital Heart Disease
The FDA has changed the high-dose version of the drug from a category C pregnancy drug to a category D, meaning that there is a risk to the fetus based on human studies. The single, lower-dose 150mg daily treatment, which is typically used for vaginal yeast infections (candidiasis) was not reclassified, as the evidence appears to be linked to high dose use involving 400-800 milligrams daily.
Diflucan (fluconazole) is used to treat yeast infections of the vagina, mouth, throat, esophagus and other organs, as well as meningitis caused by certain type of fungus. It is also used to prevent yeast infections in those likely to become infected because of treatment with chemotherapy or radiation before bone marrow transplant. A single, lower dose of 150 mg is also approved for vaginal yeast infection (candidiasis).
A number of case reports describing Diflucan birth defects have been reviewed by the FDA, including at least four involving maternal use of high dose intravenous fluconazole for meningitis and one that involved an HIV positive mother who received high dose for vaginal yeast infection.
While the magnitude of the risk of a birth defect from Diflucan during the first trimester is not known, it appears that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the potential problems and provided stronger warnings earlier.
Compensation may be available through a Diflucan birth defect lawsuit for children born with malformations or other health problems after the mother was given the medication during pregnancy. As a result of inadequate warnings provided to consumers and the medical community, many children throughout the United States may face a life-time of disabilities and limitations that may have been prevented.
To review a potential claim with our Diflucan lawyers for your child or a family member, request a free consultation and case evaluation.