FDA approves once-banned morning sickness drug
Washington: The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has approved a drug to treat morning sickness that was banned 30 years ago amid claims that the pills caused birth defects. The safety scare however proved to be a false alarm.
The drug, which was initially approved in the United States under the name Bendectin in 1956, is set to return to the pharmacies in June under a different name Diclegis.
Bendectin was withdrawn in 1983 following a slew of lawsuits from mothers claiming their children had been harmed by it. The US health agency, however, confirmed that the drug had not been withdrawn because it was ineffective or posed a danger but because the company, Merrell Dow, found the litigation cost too high.
Morning sickness, also called nausea gravidarum, affects more than half of all pregnant women. Though the symptoms usually persist in the early hours of the morning, for some it can occur at any time of the day. Nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy usually improve after the first trimester.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Delhi: Taxi driver dies as BMW rams into car near IIT
- Train accident in Andhra Pradesh leaves many people dead
- UP Assembly Elections: Akhilesh Yadav releases party's manifesto
- UP elections: Rajnath Singh's Son, Rita Bahuguna Joshi in BJP second list of candidates
- Is Pakistan behind increasing train accidents in India?
- Jallikattu stir: As it happened on Monday
- Naresh Agrawal breaks silence on leaving Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party and joining BJP
- India vs England, 3rd ODI: MS Dhoni felicitated at Eden Gardens — VIDEOS INSIDE
- International Space Station – When, where and how to spot ISS
- Karnataka: Baby with four legs, two male sex organs born in Raichur