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Acetaminophen and the Risk of Autism in Pregnant Women: A Walmart Lawsuit

In children exposed to Acetaminophen during pregnancy, Tylenol (Acetaminophen), one of the most popular over-the-counter drugs for pain relief and high fever, has been linked to an increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)[i], Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)[ii], and other developmental disorders.

A mother from Minnesota has filed a lawsuit against Walmart, saying the company failed in its duty to inform expectant moms about the hazards of using acetaminophen during pregnancy, which she claims contributed to the development of autism in her kid.

The case is one of an increasing number of similar acetaminophen autism cases being brought against Walmart and other pharmacies in the wake of recent research that highlighted the dangers the Tylenol component may pose to expectant mothers.

The link between Acetaminophen and Autism

According to a research study that was released in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry in October 2019[iii], infants who had the highest blood levels of acetaminophen metabolites at birth were at a higher risk of developing developmental problems.

After discovering that prenatal exposure may result in poor neurodevelopment in the fetus, researchers from Columbia University[iv] cautioned that clinicians should re-evaluate the role of acetaminophen for pregnant women in 2020.