Drug trial halted in the Netherlands after 11 babies die shortly after birth
A Dutch drug trial in which pregnant mothers were given Viagra has been halted after 11 babies died shortly after birth.
The parents of around a dozen babies in the trial â" who are unborn or in intensive care â" now face a nervous wait.
The 93 parents who received sildenafil â" better known as Viagra â" in a trial to try to stimulate their babyâs growth, were told that it may have increased the chances of potentially fatal lung disease.
The trial, which began in January 2015 in 10 Dutch hospitals, was intended to treat women whose babies had life-threatening growth issues.
It was hoped the drug would increase the size of the placenta and encourage their development. Another 90 pregnant women were given a placebo.
But 17 babies in the sildenafil group were diagnosed with lung disease shortly after birth, and 11 of these died.
In t he control group, three babies had the same lung disease but none of them died, according to reports.
In total, 19 babies who were born prematurely in the drug group died, compared to nine in the control group.
âThe chance of lung disease appears to be greater, and also the chance of death following the birth seems to be increased,â said a letter sent to the parents involved, according to Dutch television programme Hart van Nederland.Source: Google News Netherlands | Netizen 24 Netherlands