(PRWEB) September 13, 2012
The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation that is staffed by a team of professionals who work to bring about awareness regarding the potential dangers of using certain prescription medications, hereby alerts the public to the fact that several health organizations have recently spent July as their official National Craniofacial Awareness Month in hopes of bringing about heightened awareness regarding the difficulties faced by children who are born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate.
Organizations that have helped to organize this national awareness effort include MedicineNet.com, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the CDC, Kidshealth.org, the Children’s Craniofacial Association and the Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation of Smiles. All of them are working to heighten the amount of attention that’s paid by the public with regards to this common birth defect.
Cleft lip is a birth defect involving a separation of the two sides of the upper lip, and cleft palate is an opening in either the bony or soft portion of the top of the mouth. According to the CDC, more than 2,600 infants are born with a cleft palate and more than 4,400 children are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate.
The CDC has identified several causes of this common birth defect, including genetic traits, vitamin deficiencies, exposure to toxic substances, abuse of intoxicants by mothers during pregnancy and exposure to certain prescription medications. In 2011, the United States Food and Drug Administration informed doctors and patients of the potential dangers of Topamax birth defects involving cleft lip and/or cleft palate in children whose mothers use this anticonvulsant medication during the early stages of pregnancy.
About the Consumer Justice Foundation
The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site can be found at http://www.consumerjusticefoundation.com, is a for-profit organization that serves two purposes for consumers: (1) to provide educational information regarding the policies and procedures of large corporations and how they affect the average consumer; and (2) to provide news updates and resources that continue to update consumers regarding developments taken by corporations that include pharmaceutical drug companies, auto manufacturers and insurance companies so that consumers who have been harmed can use these informational resources to connect to an experienced professional who can help them. The team at the Consumer Justice Foundation is staffed by experienced and passionate consumer advocates whose mission is to raise the awareness of issues that could pose a risk of harm to those who may not otherwise be aware of the dangers they face.