Antiretroviral Prophylaxis Drugs

The dangerous drug attorneys at the Law Offices of Gregory Krasovsky can provide legal advice and representation to individuals and families considering pursuing an Antiretroviral Prophylaxis Drug lawsuit. In order for a plaintiff to secure a maximum settlement in litigation of an Antiretroviral Prophylaxis Drug claim, regardless of whether in an individual lawsuit or in a class action lawsuit, it is crucial that the law firm representing you have a competent and experienced Antiretroviral Prophylaxis Drug lawyer to guide you through all of the legal hurdles as well as direct you to sufficient funding (litigation funding or legal finance) to cover pharmaceutical litigation costs. Contact an Antiretroviral Prophylaxis Drug attorney today to schedule a free consultation and take your first step to obtaining compensation for losses caused by Antiretroviral Prophylaxis Drug side effects.

Antiretroviral Prophylaxis Drugs are those that are meant to prevent the transmission of HIV from an HIV-positive mother to her unborn child. Sometimes these drugs are taken by themselves, but sometimes they are taken in concert, in combination therapy. According to a research study published in January 2012, women who are taking Antiretroviral Prophylaxis Drugs are more likely to give birth to children with birth defects like cleft lip and cleft palate.

The drugs that have been found to cause cleft lip and cleft palate birth defects are the following:

  • Sustiva (efavirenz)

  • Epivir (lamivudine)

  • Trizivir (combination therapy with abacavir sulfate/ lamivudine/zidovudine)

  • Viracept (nelfinavir)

  • Viramune (nevirapine)

  • Zerit (stavudine)

  • Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir)

  • Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine)

The study that found correlations to birth defects was published in the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. The authors of the study examined official evidence from the Food and Drug Administration and found that there were, over a span of five years, 27 cases of cleft lip and cleft palate in children whose mothers were taking the aforementioned drugs.

According to the study, Sustiva has the highest rate of causing birth defects. Sustiva is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI), and it is is usually used in combination with Combivir and Truvada in order to be as effective as possible. Sustiva has had a mixed history in regard to birth defects. At first, doctors were warned about prescribing it to pregnant women, but later another report, published in 2010, claimed that there was no evidence of birth defects. The final report, published on January 2012, shows the contrary.

Expectant mothers who were taking this drug before 2012 were probably not given sufficient warning about the potential side effects, and, as such, they might be eligible for filing a lawsuit.

The research about all of these drugs is not yet complete, and our attorneys are waiting for more information about the potential to cause birth defects.

If your child has been born with birth defects as a result of taking Antiretroviral Prophylaxis Drugs, you might be entitled to compensation in the form of an Antiretroviral Prophylaxis Drug settlement. An Antiretroviral Prophylaxis Drug law firm can help you secure the settlement that you deserve. Contact one of our unsafe drug lawyers today to schedule a free and confidential consultation and take the first step to recovering damages and recovering normalcy in your life.