Acetaminophen and Autism Lawsuits
Martin, Harding, & Mazzotti, LLP is investigating cases of autism in children born to women who took acetaminophen while pregnant.
Acetaminophen is an active ingredient known for relieving pain and fever. It is found in hundreds of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. Acetaminophen is also sometimes combined with other active ingredients in medicines that treat ailments such as allergies, cough, colds, flu, and sleeplessness. 
Acetaminophen Linked to Autism
Medicines containing acetaminophen are common and widely used, including among women who are pregnant. An increasing body of recent research links acetaminophen use in pregnant women to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in exposed children later in childhood. 
For example, a 2019 study measured the amount of acetaminophen in newborn umbilical cord blood. Children with the highest levels of acetaminophen in their cord blood were more than 3.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD later in childhood compared to children with lower levels of acetaminophen exposure.
About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. ASD affects the development of the brain, and the central nervous system, which is controls movement, language, memory, and skills for socialization and focus.
Autism spectrum disorder symptoms:
- Affects language skills, behavior, socialization, and learning
- Difficulty in focusing on things they don’t like, fixation on things they do like
- Less social awareness of others, difficulty making eye contact, and verbally articulating their thoughts
- Prefer order and repetition, averse to change
Get Help from Acetaminophen and Autism Lawyers
In spite of growing evidence linking autism to exposure to acetaminophen before birth, the makers of acetaminophen-containing products continued to market the medicine to pregnant women. Pharmacies also continue to sell these medications without warning pregnant patients of these risks.
If you or someone you love took acetaminophen while pregnant, and their child was diagnosed with autism, we can help. Contact Martin, Harding, & Mazzotti, LLP today for for a no-cost consultation.