Morning sickness in the first trimester of a pregnancy can become so bad that you look for any remedy that allows you to get through the day. As an embryo starts growing rapidly the release of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin is believed to be the main cause. Pregnant woman are often underrepresented in medical research, so it can be difficult to fully evaluate and appreciate the risks from prescription medication.
Corporate profit has the potential to compromise the public welfare and reflect poorly on the integrity of our health care system. While it is hard to question medical professionals there must be a change of mindset to "buyer beware."
The NY Times reported on December 12, 2011 that the drug Mediator prescribed to an estimated five million French patients for weight loss, has been linked to severe heart damage. This drug was manufactured by Laboratoroires Servier. It has been estimated that as many as 2000 people died, and many more hospitalized with cardiac valve damage and pulmonary hypertension related to this drug. There is evidence that the company knew of the danger, but failed to warn the public.