Parents preparing for the birth of a child want a happy and healthy baby. However, a new study shows the medications used to induce labor may put children at risk of Drug Injuries with lifelong health effects.
Researchers at Duke University noticed a correlation between rising numbers of induced labor cases and an increase in the number children with autism. According to an article from Colorado’s 9 News, this prompted the team to examine the medical records of thousands of patients to find a possible link between the two.
The team examined birth records of more than 625,000 deliveries and found that labor was induced in more than 170,000 of the births. Of those cases, 5,648 children developed autism after the drugs Oxytocin and prostaglandins were used in delivery.
While the researchers say their findings do not create a direct link between autism and the drugs, it does bolster support among medical professionals regarding the theory that risks of developing the condition can occur before and after birth.
The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm explain drug manufacturers have a responsibility to test medications for safety before introducing them to the market. Any negative side effects must be disclosed to consumers as well. Failure to do so can result in claims of negligence. The firm urges anyone who has been harmed by a medication to discuss their case with an attorney.