Tylenol Autism Lawsuit

Baby food and Tylenol autism lawsuits are being filed around the country with a new Tylenol Autism class action lawsuit pending certification in federal court.

Upon first hearing of a connection between Tylenol and Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (“ADHD”) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (“Autism”), you may cast doubt as to the validity of these claims. After all, Tylenol is ubiquitous in our medicine cabinets and in our day-to-day lives.

But the new medical research linking autism and Tylenol is strong.  It suggests that in utero exposure to Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be linked to higher rates of autism and other neurologic disorders.

Tylenol Autism Lawsuit

Tylenol lawsuits are now being brought against major retailers, Johnson and Johnson, and generic acetaminophen makers claiming that they failed to warn that using the popular drug during pregnancy could lead to autism.

The growing number of Tylenol autism lawsuits has recently prompted a request for the cases to be consolidated into a new MDL Tylenol autism class action lawsuit.

Our firm is currently accepting Tylenol autism lawsuits from parents or guardians of children who were diagnosed with autism or ADHD after significant prenatal exposure to Tylenol or generic acetaminophen. Contact our law firm today at 800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation.

Tylenol Linked to Autism

Tylenol (the brand name for acetaminophen) is one of the most popular and widely used over-the-counter pain medications in the world. Acetaminophen holds a uniquely preeminent place in pharmacology and medicine. Millions of people use Tylenol on a regular basis to relieve headaches, pain, and reduce fevers.

Around 50 million American consumers (roughly 20% of the adult population in the United States) use products containing acetaminophen each week, with more than 25 billion doses being used annually.

At the same time, it is, paradoxically, probably one of the most dangerous and least understood compounds in medical use. Acetaminophen’s mechanism of action remains unclear. Scientists have yet to figure out how acetaminophen relieves pain and reduces fever.

Despite the drug’s unknown mechanism of action, acetaminophen has long been marketed to pregnant women as the safest pain reliever and fever-reducing drug for use during pregnancy. As a result, Tylenol is used by more pregnant women than any other over-the-counter drug.

Baby Food and Autism

We have known that many have linked baby food and autism. In fact, many of people who think they have a Tylenol case may have a better baby food claim because the weight of the evidence .)  But, until recently, Tylenol and generic acetaminophen have been considered safe for use during pregnancy and have been widely used by pregnant women to relieve the various aches and pain caused by pregnancy.

Medical Literature on Tylenol and Baby Food

Over the past decade, a growing body of scientific studies have raised increasingly more and greater concerns about the correlation between prenatal acetaminophen exposure and adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes, including autism.

Consensus Statement on Tylenol and Pregnancy

In 2021, the scientific journal Nature Reviews Endocrinology published a Consensus Statement from medical experts warning that the use of Tylenol during pregnancy was not safe and could lead to higher rates of autism.

JAMA Psychiatry Study

One of the most significant studies, published in the leading scientific journal JAMA Psychiatry in 2020, found that umbilical cord “biomarkers of fetal exposure to acetaminophen were associated with significantly increased risk of childhood [autism] in a dose-response fashion.”

The study’s authors further noted that “[s]ensitivity analyses . . . and subgroup analyses found consistent associations between acetaminophen and [autism] across strata of potential confounders, including maternal indication, substance use, preterm birth, and child age and sex.”

Other Studies

Various studies have found that the use of Tylenol (or acetaminophen) during pregnancy may lead to the development of various neurological disorders, including autism spectrum disorder. Twenty-six separate observational studies have identified positive associations between acetaminophen exposure during pregnancy and autism.

The 16 studies that specifically investigated dose-response identified a dose-response association, meaning increased duration of exposure to acetaminophen was associated with increased risk.

A research study published in 2018, involved a meta-analysis of seven other studies that included more than 130,000 pairs of mothers and children. The mother-child pairs were monitored for 3 to 11 years, depending on the study. The study determined that children who were exposed to Tylenol for prolonged periods during pregnancy had a 20% higher risk of autism.

Risk of Autism with Tylenol May Be Dose Responsive

The timing, amount, and length of Tylenol use during pregnancy appear to have a correlation with the risk of autism because other studies have indicated that using small doses of Tylenol during pregnancy do not increase the risk of autism. Based on this new research, many doctors now recommend that women avoid taking acetaminophen during pregnancy unless medically indicated.

Tylenol Autism Class Action Lawsuit

The new research linking Tylenol use during pregnancy to autism has prompted a growing wave of Tylenol autism lawsuits. Major drug retailers such as CVS and Walgreens and manufacturers of acetaminophen-based drugs, are being sued by children and parents alleging that use of the Tylenol during pregnancy caused children to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Class Action Pending

On June 10, 2022, the plaintiffs’ lawyers filed a motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) seeking to have the Tylenol autism lawsuits consolidated into a new class action MDL.

According to the motion filed with the JPML, there are currently about 20 acetaminophen autism lawsuits pending in federal courts across the country.

All the Tylenol lawsuits raise similar factual allegations and assert claims based on failure to warn about the risks of prenatal exposure to Tylenol. Each Tylenol autism lawsuit has been filed within a very short time frame. This tells the JPML panel that many more Tylenol lawsuits are likely going to be filed.

Do You Qualify for a Tylenol Autism Lawsuit?

If you used Tylenol or generic acetaminophen during pregnancy at high doses or for extended time periods and your child was subsequently diagnosed with autism, you and/or your child may be able to bring a civil lawsuit and seek financial compensation.

Right now, the scientific evidence establishing causation between prenatal exposure to acetaminophen and autism is still emerging. If this evidence of causation is considered strong enough to be presented to a jury in a civil case, however, plaintiffs could receive significant compensation for these cases.

If the Tylenol autism lawsuits are eventually consolidated into a class action MDL (and the causation evidence survives legal challenges) it will make it more likely that these cases could be resolved in some type of global settlement.

Contact Our Lawyers About Your Tylenol Autism Lawsuit

The national product liability lawyers at Miller & Zois are reviewing Tylenol autism lawsuits on behalf of parents and guardians of children who were diagnosed with autism or ADHD after significant prenatal exposure to Tylenol or generic acetaminophen. Contact our Tylenol autism lawyers today at 800-553-8082 or get a no-obligation, free online consultation.

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