Bendectin is a medication that was used to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Bendectin was sold from 1957 until 1983. In 1979, the FDA found some risks associated with Bendectin, so they required a warning label be put on the medication, which stated: “The safety of Bendectin for use in pregnant women has not been established.” The FDA also noted that Bendectin might cause congenital disabilities or other problems if taken during pregnancy. This led to Bendectin being pulled from shelves in 1983. Amazingly, this drug remains one of the most studied medications out there today, as scientists continue to search for evidence as to whether or not it causes congenital disabilities.
1) Why are Bendectin and birth defects dangerous?
If a woman takes Bendectin while pregnant, her baby may develop birth defects such as limb anomalies or craniocaudal malformations. Bendectin has been linked to neural tube abnormalities (defective development of the brain/spine), including spina bifida (opening in the spine), anencephaly (absence of both brain and skull), and encephalocele (opening in the skull).
2) What should I do if I take this drug?
If you or your loved one has taken Bendectin while pregnant, please contact Yisrael Law. We can help determine if Bendectin was the cause of any congenital disabilities and what legal recourse should be considered.
3) What are some side effects?
Bendectin may also cause drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (especially in children), headache, dizziness, and fever. In rare cases, there have been reports of blood problems such as aplastic anemia.
Before evaluating the use of a drug, you should first consult your physician.