Study links diabetes drug metformin to birth defects

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2022 | Dangerous Drug Litigation |

Many people in Texas have diabetes and control their condition through medication. While this may be a good strategy that keeps them healthy, recent research has linked a specific diabetes medication to birth defects in male infants.

Is metformin dangerous?

Metformin is a common diabetes medication. It is generally considered safe to use, but one study by Stanford Medicine reports that if a man takes metformin within three months of conceiving a child and the child is a boy, the child is more likely to be born with birth defects.

Many studies have focused on medications pregnant women take and the possible effects they could have on their baby. Relatively fewer studies have focused on medications men may take that could affect their baby in utero.

What can make a drug defective?

This issue is also important due to the possibility of potential drug defect litigation. While this study does not mean that drug defect litigation is inevitable, it is a good idea to understand the basics of defective drug litigation, should you find yourself harmed by metformin or any other defective drug.

For example, a defective drug could have an inherent defect in its design. It could have a defect in the way it was manufactured. Or it could be defective due to improper instructions or a failure to warn of all possible dangers associated with the use of the drug.

It remains to be seen whether this information on metformin will ultimately lead to a lawsuit. If you have been harmed by a defective drug, you have the option of discussing your situation with an attorney in order to gain more insight into your rights.