Viagra Drug Trial Kills Eleven Babies

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A significant drug trial would give Dutch women Viagra aiming to make their unborn child grow bigger. After eleven children died, they are anxiously waiting to see what happens next.

Women from ten hospitals around the Netherlands are part of the research. Due to their malfunctioning placenta, they were given sildenafil (Viagra).

Viagra’ main use is to dilate blood vessels and is also helps people with high blood pressure and men with erectile dysfunction. Based on rats trials, this medication would be used for a better function of the placenta’s blood and make babies grow.

This trial resulted in babies born with lung problems even though the aim was another.

The trial was led by Amsterdam University Medical Centre, and 93 women took part in it. Since the born of all babies, 11 died, and 17 suffer from lung issues.

Even though there is no proof of mishandling int he trial, the Viagra’s result consisted of increasing the blood pressure and not giving enough oxygen to the babies.

Wessel Ganzevoort, a leader of the research, says in an interview with the De Volkskrant, a Dutch daily newspaper “We wanted to show that this is an effective way to promote the growth of the baby. But the opposite happened. I am shocked. The last thing you want is to harm patients. We have already notified Canadian researchers who are conducting a similar study. In any case, they have temporarily stopped their research.”

The research debuted in 2015, and 350 patients would have been participating by the end of it in 2020.

An Amsterdam UMC spokesman says that an investigation will be conducted even though there is no proof of mistakes made by any doctor participant of the research trial.

The hospital stated: “An interim analysis by Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, showed that sildenafil might be detrimental to the baby after birth. The chance of a disease of the blood vessels of the lungs appears to be greater, and the chance of death after birth seems to have increased. The researchers found no positive effect for the children on other outcomes. “

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