If you are wondering if Lyrica is safe to take, it all depends on who you ask.
In Neurology, a study published earlier this year discovered that women taking Lyrica increased their risk of significant birth defects after the first trimester if they were exposed to pregabalin ( the generic name for Lyrica). These researchers found that women who took the medication during the first trimester were three times more likely to experience major birth defects, as well as six times more likely to have a baby born with central nervous system defects.
But Pfizer, the manufacturer, disagrees with the research. Officials representing the corporation claims the study had substantial limitations, due to the small size of the study, which did not consider other medical conditions or medications since women taking Lyrica had higher rates of diabetes and smoking.
Lyrica was approved by the Federal Drug and Food Administration (FDA) to treat epilepsy, neuropathic pain (nerve pain), and fibromyalgia. In addition, the medication is prescribed off-label to treat anxiety and multiple mental health problems.
Suffered a Birth Defect or Injury from Taking Lyrica in Kansas City?
In all likelihood, Lyrica lawsuits will occur. However, Pfizer may be too preoccupied suing doctors, health service officials, and pharmacists for prescribing generic pregabalin and enforcing their 2017 Lyrica patent. Alas, Judge Richard Arnold declared that the generic drug maker did not break any rules with the patent.
If you have suffered an injury or if your child has suffered any birth defects due to taking Lyrica, our Kansas City product liability attorney at Bertram & Graf, LLC is dedicated to helping you recover the compensation and justice you deserve. Request a free consultation today.