Assessment
Questionnaire

Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
 
News » Anti-retroviral drug trial may have led to pregnant woman's death
 

Anti-retroviral drug trial may have led to pregnant woman's death

Early studies found that single doses of the anti-retroviral drug nevirapine in HIV-positive pregnant women helped prevent HIV transmission in about 50% of births. Reporting problems and possible incorrect administration of the drug during human trials conducted by NIH led to a suspension of the study while it was being reviewed and altered. One woman had received multiple doses of the drug and allegedly died from liver damage soon after delivering her baby who was free of HIV. Side effects of the drug include liver damage or rashes if taken long term or in multiple doses. It is claimed that doctors should have noticed that the pregnant woman's liver was failing as early as two weeks prior to the birth. Corrective measures could possibly have saved her life. The woman's family is seeking legal action to find out exactly what happened. The family also claims that the woman was not made fully aware of the risks of liver damage. The NIH is defending the benefits of nevirapine.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Medical News Today

Related Disease Topics:

Article Source Details

About: Anti-retroviral drug trial may have led to pregnant woman's death

Date: 17 December 2004

Source: Medical News Today

URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=17955

Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • Excruciating headaches leaves girl bedridden for 5 years
  • Exelon effectively reduces dementia symptoms in Parkinson's patients
  • Exercise improves breast cancer outcome
  • Exercise is often a trigger for an asthma attack
  • Exercise is the key to bone health in the elderly
  • Exercise may improve cancer recover and reduce risk of reoccurrence
  • Exercise more beneficial for white women in diabetes prevention
  • Expanding waistlines inducing heat disease
  • Experimental gene therapy leads to patients death
  • Experimental weight-loss drug shows multitude of health benefits
  • Experts debate over whether ED drugs should be used as a lifestyle enhancement drug as well
  • Exposure to indoor pool airborne chemicals may increase asthma risk in children
  • Exposure to mould increases risk of childhood asthma
  • Extended use for breast cancer drug
  •  

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise