Clomid (clomiphene) Associated with Birth Defects

The popular generic fertility medication, Clomid, has recently been associated with birth defects which confirms suspicions going back as far as the 1970s. On November 26, 2010, the journal, "Human Reproduction," published the results of a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found a significant increased risk with certain types of birth defects following use of the popular fertility drug. The implicated abnormalities included:

- anencephaly (open cranium with absence of a brain)

- esophageal atresia (closed esophagus)

- omphalocele (protrusion of part of the intestine through the abdominal wall)

- craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the skull bones)

-heart defects

-defect of the brain (Dandy Walker malformation)

-cloacal exstrophy ( involves multiple abnormalities of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts)

This study is one in a recent series which has found possible links to fertility drugs and birth defects. More studies appear to be warranted and the medical field will need to consider these studies when prescribing these drugs.

Contact an experience product liability attorney if you believe you or your child may have been harmed by a defective drug.