Experienced Terbutaline Attorneys in Maryland
Understanding injury from Brethine and Bricanyl
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over a half million babies are born each year before 37 weeks—one in eight births. Dangers to premature babies are high, including breathing and sensory difficulties, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disability. But in trying to avoid those injuries, physicians have sometimes caused other damage to premature babies and their mothers—including death.
Based in Baltimore, the personal injury law firm of Discepolo LLP offers authoritative legal representation to individuals and families suffering harm from injurious drug or medical action—including those hurt by off-label use of terbutaline.
Skilled personal injury attorneys working for you
Terbutaline is a beta-agonist drug approved for asthma. Sold under the brand names Brethine Bricanyl, and Brethaire, terbutaline relaxes bands of muscle in and around the airways—making breathing easier.
Although not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pre-term uterine muscle contractions, terbutaline is used in chronic and acute obstetric cases to halt or prevent premature labor. Over a decade ago, the FDA warned the healthcare industry of serious adverse reactions caused by terbutaline. In 2011, the FDA issued a public warning about use of terbutaline in obstetric practice.
Our attorneys are dedicated to obtaining maximum compensation for clients injured by the negligent use of a drug known to be dangerous to women and their babies. Warnings about use of terbutaline to treat asthma or pre-term labor of pregnant women include the following:
- Studies by Duke University in 2004 suggest terbutaline is a developmental neurotoxicant that harms the brain of a developing fetus and further sensitizes that child to further and greater neurological damage when exposed to environmental toxins later in life.
- The Duke studies showed terbutaline administered maternally passes into and causes changes in the brain of a developing fetus. Supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the research supported earlier suggestions that children of mothers treated with terbutaline suffered cognitive deficits.
- In 2011, the FDA warned of reactions including maternal cardiac arrhythmias, pulmonary edema, and death.
First do no harm
Despite knowledge in the healthcare industry of its dangers, some physicians continue to use terbutaline. If you—or a loved one—was injured by off-label use of terbutaline, our lawyers offer excellence, experience, and tenacious representation pursuing fair compensation for your injury. Although a doctor may have failed you, we can effectively advocate for you and your child.
The choice of Maryland personal injury lawyer is yours—make it count
Any personal injury attorney can take your case. Don’t settle for just any attorney. In Baltimore, contact the law firm of Discepolo LLP 24 hours a day to discuss effective representation if you or a loved one suffers drug or other injury.
We offer a free initial consultation, and take personal injury cases on a contingency-fee basis—you pay nothing unless we achieve compensation on your behalf.
Located in the Inner Harbor, our law firm is easily accessible and offers on-site, validated parking.
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