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Viagra Trial Stopped After 11 Babies Die


The Amsterdam University of Medical Centre (UMC) announced the end of a clinical trial testing a new use for the pharmaceutical sildenafil, known commercially as Viagra, following the deaths of nearly a dozen babies.

About the Viagra Clinical Trial and the Resulting Deaths

According to reports, the popular erectile dysfunction drug was being tested on pregnant women with doctors hoping that certain properties of the drug, specifically those that improve blood flow, would stimulate the growth of placentas.

Typically, Viagra works by blocking an enzyme that breaks down a messenger compound that helps relax smooth muscles, like those that surround certain blood vessels. The resulting increased blood flow is useful in not only managing erectile function but also in reducing the severity of mountain sickness symptoms and in treating pulmonary hypertension.

What when wrong with the current trial remains a mystery; however, researchers noted that 11 babies died during or shortly after delivery with elevated blood pressure in their lungs. This is presumed to be linked to the drug,

Six other newborns were born with a lung condition that deprived them of sufficient oxygen.

The Risk of Clinical Trials

  • The new treatment being tested may not be as effective or as safe as existing treatments.
  • Drugs and medical devices in clinical trials may carry unexpected side effects.
  • These side effects may be occasional aches and pains or may result in serious adverse events including renal injury, cardiovascular complications, and even death.
  • As the clinical trials progress, drugs may be combined with other medications and dosages may be increased, resulting in increased risks.
  • Insurance and health care providers may not cover the costs of patient care during a clinical trial or injuries and side effects that may result from a clinical trial.

Have You Been Involved in a Clinical Trial?

If you have been involved in a clinical trial and have suffered injury or illness, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did you understand all of the enrollment paperwork you signed?
  • Were you confused by the consent forms?
  • Did you have lingering questions about side effects?
  • Did your doctor fail to explain all the possible outcomes of the trial?
  • Were you told you had a problem and then told something different by another doctor?
  • Were you referred to several doctors during your initial treatment and/or after the trial?

Contact an Experienced Clinical Drug Trial Attorney

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dangerous pharmaceutical drug or medical device, you may be entitled to compensation. You deserve dynamic representation from a law firm with the resources necessary to take on the pharmaceutical companies. Thomas J. Henry has a track record of helping clients receive record-breaking verdicts, settlements, and judgments.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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