Review of anti-inflammatory drug use during pregnancy

Date: Oct 19, 2016

A government review has been conducted due to a safety issue arising from the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) during pregnancy and the increased risk of miscarriage.

Medicine is an essential part of treating a range of illnesses. However, if it's developed incorrectly, it can have a negative impact on the health of patient-users. It is also a cause for seeking compensation from a medical negligence lawyer

Anti-inflammatory drugs and spontaneous abortion

The review began when a pre-market application for a naproxen-containing combination product had a line in the directions that warned of possible miscarriages in early pregnancy. The working title was:

"In humans, data from epidemiological studies suggest that there may be an increased risk of miscarriage after use of NSAIDs in early pregnancy."

The application lead to an evaluation of other market drugs to discover if they can be linked with miscarriages. The report found that product information is inconsistent across a range of anti-inflammatory drugs. 

A review of medical literature found that there was an accepted correlation between NSAID use and increased risk of miscarriage. The data also showed that the risk of miscarriage was greatest just after conception. 

However, Australian data on similar events is minimal and fails to draw a complete association between the two phenomena. Yet, the association is biologically plausible and is supported a number of animal studies. 

Seeking compensation for injuries

The report not only highlights the need to know what kind of medicine you are taking, but also that medicine can be dangerous. In this case, the issue was a result of not enough information, which in other settings can be a cause for medical negligence case.

If you have been injured or suffered an illness due to not receiving the information from a medical professional or a pharmaceutical company, make sure you talk to the compensation experts.  

In Australia, both medical professionals and the companies they work for owe a duty of care to their patients. If they have not offered you the information that warns against the dangers of a surgery or medication, then you can seek redress under the law. 

If you would like to learn more about medical negligence claims, talk to Gerard Malouf and Partners Compensation, Medical negligence and Will dispute lawyers today. We also offer a no win no fee policy to ensure that money is not an obstacle. 

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts or email your enquiry.