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Lawsuit Claims Drug Caused Brain Damage In Twins

Nov 7, 2004 | Annapolis Capital

An Annapolis couple is suing Anne Arundel Medical Center and several doctors, claiming their twin sons developed brain damage as a result of drugs the mother was given during her pregnancy.

Doctors failed to tell John and Karen Ring there were risks to using the drug Terbutaline, the Rings claim. Mrs. Ring was given the drug between Feb. 25 and March 17, 2001, as treatment for pre-term labor.

The drug caused her heart rate to spike, gave her feelings of shakiness and caused her to hallucinate. When she questioned the dangers of using it she was told "'not to worry' and that 'you'll be fine,"' the Rings claim.

She delivered twin boys on March 20. The Food and Drug Administration warned doctors in 1997 that "'Terbutaline to treat pre-term labor is an unapproved use,"' according to the lawsuit.

Marti Harlan, a spokesman for the hospital, said she could not discuss the lawsuit or whether the hospital has a policy for the use of Terbutaline.

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