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Couple sues drug maker after fertility drug failed to get woman pregnant

By Mason White 4:35 AM February 19, 2016
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By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A couple in Canada, has filed a lawsuit against a drug maker after their fertility drug did not get the woman pregnant as promised, according to court documents.

Amanda and Joep Olthuis of British Columbia, are suing Ferring Pharmaceuticals, after their drug Bravelle, did not have the potency to help her get pregnant.

The couple told the court that they scrapped together $14,000 to cover the cost of the treatment by working very hard for years.

Last year, Ferring announced that tests showed four batches of Bravelle sold in the U.S. and Canada, had shown reduced potency and could result in reduced therapeutic effect.

The company said the lots were unlikely to lead to direct adverse health consequences in the short term, but warned that there was the possibility that the unnecessary overexposure of patients in the process of identifying an effective dose might be harmful.

Ferring is offering the couple reimbursement of the cost of the drug, which amounts to about $2,500. The couple however, wants to be compensated for the cost of the entire treatment.