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Babies Develop Fatal Lung Problems After Moms Took Viagra In Clinical Trials

In a medical experiment, pregnant women took Viagra to improve the development of the fetus. However, it went wrong, leading to an emergency stoppage of the trails.

As a result of the Dutch study, 11 newborn infants died due to a fatal lungs ailment. In this study, the women were given the anti-impotence drug in order to strengthen the growth of the fetus. The drug negatively affected the lungs of the fragile placentas, resulting in their death.

Though the experts suggest a comprehensive analysis of the entire experiment, no evidence was found that indicates a negative intention.

The restricted development of the placenta is a serious condition which has no treatment. This may result in a feeble newborn, which has rare chances of survival. Hence, the researchers are putting their efforts into discovering a drug that will effectively improve the development of the fetus. In 2010, researchers suggested this mode of treatment be initiated on a trial basis before it was published among the people.

As suggested, this experiment was executed in 11 hospitals in the Netherlands and Amsterdam University Medical Center. This experiment was supposed to run till 2020 before it was implemented on the people. 93 women were chosen for the experiment. They were given sildenafil, which is also known as Viagra. On the other hand, 90 women were given a placebo or dummy drug. Out of the entire group, 3 babies from the placebo group while 17 babies from the treatment group developed a lungs disease. The treatment group led to the worst situation, where 11 of the 17 babes died due to the lungs ailment.

In response to the Dutch study, Prof. Zarco Alfirevix stated that the drug didn’t improve the developmental conditions of the babies. He is from the University of Liverpool and is the head of the UK research team of the sildenafil team. He also mentioned that the outcome was not expected.