SUPPORT Infant Oxygen Trials
LEGAL HELP FOR VICTIMS OF THE SUPPORT INFANT OXYGEN TRIALS
Between 2004 and 2009, the Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation Randomized Trial (SUPPORT) was conducted in premature newborns. The study’s goal was to discover what levels of oxygen saturation were safe for this at-risk population. Unfortunately, there are risks associated with low oxygen levels and high oxygen levels, and many of the infants were injured as a result.
If your child suffered injuries as a result of participation in the SUPPORT Trial, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. The Department of Health and Human Services recently reprimanded the University of Alabama at Birmingham over their failure to properly warn against the risk of blindness and death in premature infants involved in the SUPPORT clinical trial.
An excerpt from the Department of Health and Human Services Letter stated that, “…the conduct of this study was in violation of the regulatory requirements for informed consent… participating in the study did have an effect on which infants died, and on which developed blindness…”
ABOUT THE SUPPORT PREMATURE INFANT OXYGEN STUDY
- The SUPPORT study was conducted at 23 hospitals and medical centers from 2005-2009.
- The study involved 1,316 premature infants born at 24-28 weeks.
- The study involved giving the premature infants varying levels of oxygen in an attempt to determine the highest level of oxygen that can be administered without causing blindness.
MEDICAL PROBLEMS AND DEATHS LINKED TO STUDY
- Of the 1,316 infants involved in the trial, 130 died and 91 developed a serious eye ailment that can cause blindness.
- According to the Department of Health & Human Services letter, all 130 infants who died were part of the low oxygen group.
- The 91 infants who developed eye ailments were part of the high oxygen group.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CHILD MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY
If your child was injured in an unsafe clinical trial, contact Thomas J. Henry. If you were not sufficiently warned of the risks posed to your child prior to a clinical trial, you may be entitled to recover damages. Our experienced child injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Call us today for a free case review.