We’re spreading the word about women’s health & pharmaceuticals in honor of Women’s Health Week.
If you didn’t know already, women keep this world running. The only catch is women suffer some of the worst injustices — like a pharmaceutical world that neglects to perform clinical testing equally for both men and women. It’s called “Disproportionate Harm.” Women suffer more unnecessary health complications due to pharmaceutical negligence than men.
It’s time to change that. We’ll start by speaking up and sharing this information with our friends. Zofran is a popular anti-nausea medication that may cause birth defects.
This is “her” story.
Up to this point, she spent her whole life planning her future — the future husband, the perfect wedding, her wonderful children with first names selected, and reselected, and reselected again since she was eight-years-old.
It’s not that she wouldn’t allow anything unexpected to happen, but she never left the important things to chance. From her obsessive To Do lists to her detailed itineraries during vacations, life was a carefully calculated plan.
Like when she knew she wanted to have a child —three years after being married, once they had started paying off their mortgage and fixing up their house.
It was three years and two months later when she found out she was pregnant. Everything was as planned.
But then the unexpected happened. Severe morning sickness, the kind that comes out of nowhere, a pain that bowls you over in pain.
Like any other illness — she did what she would always do. She called her doctor. She talked about her symptoms. She asked about the available treatment plans and asked about the pros and cons. “Will this do anything to my baby?” she asked. “Will this hurt my baby?”
Had she known that the drug she would be prescribed, Zofran, could cause birth defects including septal heart defects, she probably would not have begun taking the medication at all. She would have found an alternative option, or tried to find another way to cope with her nausea.
The problem is she didn’t know. She was never warned about the risks of birth defects associated with Zofran.
But the reality was Zofran was never approved for use in pregnant women to treat morning sickness, and that, far from perfectly safe, the popular drug has associated risks that could change the life of a mother and child forever.
Unfortunately, stories like these aren’t rare. They happen every day.