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Tylenol Autism Lawsuit Update: Get the Right Lawyer

Recent studies have found that use of the popular pain-killer Tylenol (generic acetaminophen) during pregnancy may significantly increase the risk of having a baby born with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
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What are Tylenol Lawsuits Alleging?

Tylenol lawsuits are alleging that acetaminophen, long marketed as the safest pain and fever relief option for pregnant women, has misled consumers about its safety during pregnancy.

For decades, Tylenol has been promoted as the sole over-the-counter pain medication deemed safe for expectant mothers, fostering a widespread belief in its safety.

However, perceptions shifted in September 2021 with the publication of a Consensus Statement in Nature Reviews Endocrinology.

Signed by 91 medical experts, the statement highlighted growing concerns linking Tylenol and acetaminophen use during pregnancy to heightened risks of autism spectrum disorders and other serious health issues.

Citing extensive epidemiological research and medical records, the statement underscored that prenatal exposure to acetaminophen may disrupt fetal development, increasing the likelihood of neurological disorders like autism.

Pooling data from 29 observational studies involving over 220,000 mother-child pairs worldwide, researchers consistently identified a 20% higher risk of autism spectrum disorder associated with maternal acetaminophen use.

Moreover, the statement noted a correlation between the duration and dosage of acetaminophen intake during pregnancy and the heightened autism risk.

Health professionals caution that greater exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy tends to correlate with elevated rates of autism spectrum disorders.

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What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave.

Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life. Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience.

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Symptoms of Autism

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), people with ASD often have:

  • Difficulty with communication and interaction with other people
  • Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors
  • Symptoms that affect their ability to function in school, work, and other areas of life
  • Other mental health effectsMother Child Pairs, Health Agencies, Children Exposed

Tylenol Use During Pregnancy Linked to Increased Risk for Autism, ADHD: Study

A 2019 study conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health [1] found that exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy may significantly increase a child's risk for autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The researchers looked at data from the Boston Birth Cohort, a 20-year study of early life factors influencing pregnancy and child development.

They found that children whose cord blood samples contained the highest levels of prenatal acetaminophen exposure were approximately 3 times more likely to be subsequently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD or other neurological disorders in childhood, compared to children with the lowest levels of acetaminophen in their cord blood.

How Does Tylenol Work?

Tylenol is a pain reliever and fever reducer. The active ingredient in Tylenol, acetaminophen relieves pain by elevating the body's overall pain threshold for pain relief and lowering your fever by helping your body eliminate excess heat.

Tylenol Autism Class Action Lawsuit

The recent studies and scientific evidence has sparked a wave of Tylenol lawsuits filed by pregnant women against manufacturers and retailers of acetaminophen products.

Plaintiffs in these Tylenol Autism Lawsuits allege that use of Tylenol or generic acetaminophen products during pregnancy caused their children to develop autism spectrum disorder and other health risks.

They accuse the defendants of negligently failing to warn about the risk of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy.

The number of Tylenol autism product liability lawsuits field across the U.S. has increased significantly in recent months to the point where there were enough pending Tylenol autism cases to prompt a group of plaintiffs to file a motion to consolidate all of the cases into a multidistrict litigation (MDL).

The motion filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) identified at least 20 Tylenol autism lawsuits pending in various federal districts. All of the cases involve nearly identical factual allegations and legal claims that acetaminophen during pregnancy caused children an increased ASD risk.

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What You Need to Know if You Take Generic Acetaminophen During Pregnancy

Over half of all pregnant women use acetaminophen for mild to moderate pain, as a fever reducer, and as part of other over-the-counter medications.

Tylenol has long been thought to be “safe” for use during pregnancy, partly because other OTC medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin have long been known to increase the risk of fetal abnormalities, some of which are severe.

While high fever in pregnant women can result in birth defects, most women take acetaminophen for other reasons such as aches, mild pain, or headache.

For many women, acetaminophen use is so common, that it is not thought of as a true medication that can have potential health risks. The studies cited above have shown that acetaminophen may have more risk than previously thought.

The new studies show that acetaminophen use for less than 2 weeks total during pregnancy carried the least risk. Over two weeks showed a greater risk for adverse events, health professionals warn.

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Do I Qualify for a Tylenol Autism Lawsuit?

You may qualify to file a lawsuit if:

  • While pregnant, the mother used at least 10 doses of Tylenol or generic acetaminophen; and while pregnant, the mother consulted her healthcare professionals for Tylenol use in the form and in the manner in which she used it, and the drug was approved for use in the form and in the manner in which the mother used it.
  • The child suffered fetal exposure and was subsequently diagnosed with autism, and/or the child is participating today or participated in the past in an individualized education program for autism, or the child is participating today or participated in the past in an early intervention program for autism.

You may not qualify to file a lawsuit if the mother suffered one or more of the following complications during pregnancy:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Gestational hypertension or infection and related fever that required mother’s hospitalization
  • The child was born before the 26th week of pregnancy
  • The child is diagnosed with one or more of Down syndrome, Fragile X
    syndrome, Tourette syndrome, and/or tuberous sclerosis
  • The mother used one or more SSRI drugs while pregnant
  • The mother was over 40 years of age when child was born
  • The father was over 45 years of age when child was born
  • The mother used alcohol while pregnant
  • The mother used one or more illegal drugs while pregnant
  • The mother used tobacco while pregnant
  • One of the child’s parents is diagnosed with autism
  • One or more of child’s siblings is diagnosed with autism
  • If the child was born after March 26, 2020
  • If the child is over 18 years of age
  • The mother’s pregnancy or child’s birth occurred in Michigan

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What Settlement Amounts Can Plaintiffs Expect?

Settlement amounts will be driven by the trial value of a Tylenol lawsuit.

The average trial value of a successful verdict in a lawsuit alleging autism diagnoses relating to Tylenol use would likely be between $5 million and $10 million.

It is important to keep in mind that settlement compensation payouts are only a fraction of the trial value of a case in Tylenol autism cases.

And lawyers still cannot project the settlement amount or the likelihood that the acetaminophen exposure records in these cases are strong enough to get to a jury - although the pregnancy experienced elevated risks of acetaminophen use is looking pretty good right now.

But if the documentary and scientific evidence of acetaminophen use and fetal exposure are strong enough and these cases do go to a jury, get verdicts, and push drug manufacturers to the settlement table, average per person settlement amounts over the potential risks of acetaminophen use in cord blood samples could be in the $300,000 to $600,000 range.