Nicole Stremlau, represented by Alexander Law Group's Nina Shapirshteyn and Emison Hullverson LLP's Theo Emison, is calling life science company Natera's flagship product into question amidst lawsuit.
— In every sense of the word, Nicole Stremlau thought she was prepared for the birth of her second child. She did everything she thought was right, including taking a non-invasive prenatal test her doctor encouraged her to have. Created by life science company Natera, the Panorama test administered by Stremlau's physician was supposed to inform her about her chances of her child being born with genetic abnormalities.
When analysis of Stremlau's first sample showed no results, she sent in another at Natera's suggestion. According to those results, Stremlau's second sample on August 21st, 2016 indicated the fetus had a less than 1 in 10,000 chance of being born with Trisomy 21, better known as Down syndrome. As anyone can imagine, Stremlau, her family, and even her doctors were stunned when her daughter was born with Downs syndrome. With the help of Brain Injury Lawyer Nina Shapirshteyn of the Alexander Law Group, Stremlau is initiating a lawsuit against the company and bringing issues in the NIPT industry into the spotlight.
"Natera maintains their non-invasive prenatal tests are the most effective available, but Nicole's experience proves that isn't the case for everyone," said Nina Shapirshteyn, the Personal Injury Attorney representing Stremlau. "We believe there have been serious missteps in the way Natera markets their products and informs families who are relying on them about their accuracy and reliability. Not only is there not much information furnished to patients about preventing false negative results, but they also don't clearly explain the significance of the fetal fraction when analyzing those results."
Nicole Stremlau is speaking out because she believes there needs to be more public discourse about this issue and that people need to be more aware of what's going in and the risks involved with NIPT testing. She believes her family was "robbed of the opportunity to make informed decisions" because of what she believes is Natera's misrepresentation of their Panorama product.
Attorney Shapirshteyn continued, "Both our team and our client hope that this lawsuit will not only compensate our client's family for the medical care and counseling their daughter will need, but also bring about awareness and change when it comes to the information companies like Natera provide to consumers. We want these companies to understand that at the end of every transaction is a human being who simply wants to ensure the health of their child. We need more regulation and oversight to bring more transparency to this industry and protect vulnerable pregnant mothers."
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