Medically prescribed for - Ribavirin, also known as Virazole, is prescribed for the treatment of hepatitis C and also in treating severe respiratory infections in the young, such as SARs.

Adverse reactions experienced - Some common side effects seen in patients taking Ribavirin are skin rash, fatigue, headache, birth defects, and anemia (low red blood cell count).  Ribavirin may also be associated with impaired respiratory functioning in infants.  After the SARs outbreak, there is a growing concern that Ribavirin may be linked to a bone disease, known as avascular necrosis. 

Status of drug - The Federal Drug Administration has recognized the link between these adverse reactions and the drug. 

See your doctor if you have taken Ribavirin and have experienced serious health problems as a result.  You also may wish to contact an experienced products liability attorney who can help protect your legal rights and get compensation for your injuries.