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Terbutaline Sulfate (also known as Brethine and Bricanyl) is manufactured as an asthma drug, but has also been prescribed "off label" to more than one million women to halt the contractions of premature labor, occurring in about 20% of all U.S. pregnancies.
Terbutaline was never approved for off label use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 1997, the FDA issued a warning against using Terbutaline to manage pre-term labor. In fact, Terbutaline used during pregnancy has been linked with infant brain damage and cognitive difficulties, issues that can continue on through adolescence and beyond. In addition, Terbutaline is suspected of having caused heart and lung damage in pregnant women.
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) has recommended the use of Terbutaline be halted in treating mild intermittent asthma in pregnant women, as the drug affects fetal brain development. Children exposed to Terbutaline in the womb may be more susceptible to environmental chemicals and may develop certain medical conditions as they grow and mature.
Potential side effects of Terbutaline include:
- Birth defects
- Brain damage including cognitive defects and medulla damage
- Movement disorders involving the central nervous system, nerves, and/or muscles
- Speech defects such as difficulties with articulation, stuttering, voice disorders, delayed speech, and aphasia
Despite the overwhelming evidence, some obstetricians still treat pregnant women with Terbutaline.
Have you or your child suffered injury due to Terbutaline exposure? Consider consulting with an experienced pharmaceutical injury attorney. Compensation for damages and suffering caused by the acts of a negligent physician may be available to you.
The Yost Legal Group has helped many mothers and their children obtain the justice they seek. Please contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
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