Tylenol lawsuits are being filed against CVS, Walgreens, and many acetaminophen-based drug manufacturers. Plaintiffs claim that using the drug during pregnancy caused their children to develop autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The link to autism and ADHD has been scientifically confirmed. Information about the connection between Tylenol and autism has been around for a number of years. It is believed that the possible hazards of acetaminophen may be linked to the depletion of glutathione. Glutathione is an antioxidant that is essential for detoxification.
Has Tylenol Been Linked to Autism and ADHD?
The FDA is conducting research on the connection and reviewing the manufacturers’ studies. A number of studies have been published that have suggested a link between acetaminophen and autism. The FDA has also been reviewing information regarding whether Tylenol damages the developing brain and causes ADHD. They also initially issued a warning relating to the studies that have shown possible links to autism.
These studies are based on the experiences of mothers who used the drug during their pregnancies. However, some studies have noted that there is no connection between the drug and autism in children. For example, one study published in the Journal of Public Health discovered that mothers who took acetaminophen during pregnancy were at a 1.5 times higher risk of having a child develop autism. The risk of having a child with ADHD rose by approximately 1.7 times if the mothers had taken Tylenol while pregnant.
Another study indicated that children with autism may be four times more likely to have been exposed to acetaminophen. The study also showed that children who have been exposed to acetaminophen may be twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
There is no evidence that has been presented that directly links Tylenol use to autism. However, given the research that shows a correlation, it is possible that the link between Tylenol and autism may exist.
Have Tylenol Manufacturers Accepted Responsibility?
The manufacturers have denied liability and insisted that no scientific evidence links the drug use to autism. Of course, manufacturers and distributors of the product are attempting to limit their liability by denying the impact of Tylenol on pregnant women and their children.
It is possible that the makers of Tylenol and other acetaminophen drugs may only take responsibility for their product when some regulations are brought into place. The damage for which the drug manufacturers are responsible may be limited. The manufacturers may only be responsible for injuries caused by the drug’s use. There are questions regarding whether the manufacturers knew about the risks and still failed to warn pregnant women and their children who were using the drug.
However, it has been noted that the FDA has not recommended that pregnant women should not use Tylenol. Therefore, it is currently unclear whether or not the companies selling the product will be proven liable.
Do I Have a Case?
If you were taking acetaminophen while pregnant, you may have a case against a Tylenol distributor or manufacturer. Lawsuits are currently pending in six states, with all claimants stating that they were not properly informed about the risks of taking acetaminophen during their pregnancies. Individuals who fit this description and have a child who developed autism or ADHD should promptly file a claim against whoever sold them the drug.
Learn More About Tylenol ADHD/Autism Cases
While it is not apparent that all ADHD/Autism cases associated with Tylenol will be successful, you will not have an opportunity to claim compensation unless you file. It is possible to file independently, but by working with a lawyer to submit a claim, you increase your chances significantly. This is because a lawyer can help you navigate the complex process of negotiating and litigating a large-scale lawsuit.
If you want the support of an experienced law firm, get in touch with Kwartler Manus, LLC. We can help you bring your case to the courts to ensure that you get compensation that can be used to help support your child who has developed a neurological condition like ADHD or autism.
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