Twelve Families File Lexapro Birth Defects Lawsuits

By | Lexapro, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

SSRI Antidepressant Lexapro Birth Defect LawsuitThe lives of twelve families have been permanently impacted by Lexapro, an antidepressant drug. These 12 families took their cases to court by filing individual Lexapro birth defects lawsuits targeting the drug’s manufacturer, Forest Pharmaceuticals, who also makes Celexa.

The children in these lawsuits were born with congenital birth defects, including heart defects. The families claim that the birth defects suffered by the children are the result of Lexapro exposure in the womb.

The families filed 12 Lexapro lawsuits in Cabell County Circuit Court in West Virginia.

They claim that Forest knew about the Lexapro birth defects risk from multiple studies. They allege that the pharmaceutical company still decided to market the drug to pregnant women and women who could become pregnant.

Furthermore, these families assert that Forest made no effort to update the Lexapro drug label with a warning about the birth defects risk.

According to the West Virginia Record, the families are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

You are not alone.

If you used Lexapro during your pregnancy, and your child was born with birth defects, Carey Danis & Lowe is here to help. We want you to know that you are not alone. We can help answer your legal and medical questions.

We have a team of experienced trial attorneys who work tirelessly to recover losses for families like yours. One of our lawyers is available to discuss your Lexapro case during a free case evaluation. We can guide you through your legal options, and whether filing a Lexapro birth defects lawsuit is right for you.

The team at Carey Danis & Lowe also includes medical professionals. You can speak with one of our nurses, who can answer your questions about Lexapro, pregnancy, and certain kinds of birth defects.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

We look forward to offering you any assistance that we can.

UCLA SSRI Study Examines Pregnancy & Drugs

By | Lexapro, Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Prozac, Uncategorized, Zoloft

ssri_birth_defectsA UCLA study published in December 2014 examined the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, during pregnancy. The researchers used lab mice to observe the effects of SSRI exposure in the womb, and how it impacts adult mice.

They observed that adult mice exposed to the SSRI, Lexapro, experienced a permanent change in serotonin transmission, whereas those adult mice exposed to Prozac in the womb, showed no signs of this permanent change.

The UCLA study examined a new side of SSRIs and pregnancy, one documenting the longterm implications of SSRI exposure in the womb, rather than the immediate.

The immediate implications of SSRI exposure in the womb, to a certain degree, are already known. Children have been born with life-changing congenital birth defects. These birth defects include atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, Omphalocele, Craniosynostosis, and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

Carey Danis & Lowe Can Help

Carey Danis & Lowe is a national law firm with a strong reputation for expertly assisting families through the challenges of recovering losses after a child has been born with SSRI birth defects. Our defective drug lawyers understand the pain and suffering these children and their families endure, and are available to help.

Explore your legal options and compensation eligibility today during a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or submit a confidential personal injury claim form.

We look forward to offering you and your family any assistance that we can.

Evidence Strengthens Link Between SSRI Antidepressants and Congenital Birth Defects

By | Lexapro, Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Zoloft

zoloft_heart_birth_defect_ssri_pregnancyAccording to a European health care expert, pregnant women who take a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant early in pregnancy increase their child’s risk twofold of developing a heart defect. Professor Stephen Pilling of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently told the BBC that the birth defects risks associated with SSRI antidepressants are on par, if not more severe, than those linked to alcohol or tobacco use by pregnant women.

Pilling went on to state that the warnings communicated to pregnant women taking an SSRI antidepressant will soon be updated to include information about the strong link between SSRIs and birth defects. In Pilling’s opinion, the risk of heart defects outweighs, in some cases, the risk to the pregnant mother in terms of whether to discontinue use of an SSRI antidepressant in early pregnancy.

Carey Danis & Lowe is a national law firm with attorneys that represent women and their families in SSRI birth defects lawsuits. Our SSRI birth defects lawyers view Pilling’s statements as positive news for women and their families who claim that their child’s birth defects are the result of exposure to an SSRI antidepressant.

If you or someone you love took an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy, and your baby developed a heart defect, such as a hole in the heart, or other congenital birth defects, contact an SSRI birth defects lawyer at Carey Danis & Lowe.

Call 800.721.2519, and share your case with us.

The SSRI Antidepressant Lexapro & Congenital Birth Defects

By | Lexapro, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Published October 10, 2012 by

The SSRI Antidepressant Lexapro & Congenital Birth DefectsLexapro is an anti –depressant drug also called as serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRI’s which was earlier approved by FDA in 2002. It is manufactured by Forest Laboratories and is consumed by millions of people who suffer with problems like anxiety and depression. It is prescribed to pregnant women also to ease the anxiety related to pregnancy.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than 80,000 women are prescribed Lexapro in any year. FDA has now issued a strict warning against the use of this particular drug because of the potential risk associated with it. Many people have filed a Lexapro lawsuit against the company to receive compensation and fight for their sufferings.

Side Effects of Lexapro

Lexapro birth defects risks increase if taken during pregnancy such as PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn) which is a form of hypertension that causes hypoexmia. Unborn babies are six times more likely to develop PPHN if exposed to such drugs.

Lexapro is responsible for Atrial Septal Defects and Ventricular Septal Defects. The drug can cause neural tube defects and cognitive impairments. This drug can lead to Macrocephaly which is enlargement of head and Gastroschisis that is genetic hernia.

It can also cause cleft lip or cleft palate but both of these are corrective procedures which are possible through surgery. Lexapro, if taken during pregnancy can produce abdominal birth defects, cranial birth defects, Spina Bifida and limb defects.

Side effects of Lexapro are also seen in teenagers and children. Adults between the age of 18-24years develop a suicidal tendency. Even children become more depressed after ingesting this drug. Lexapro is also associated with autism. Children suffer with problems of communicating verbally or non-verbally.

They do not socialize and have a repetitive behavior pattern. Various tests are carried to diagnose the problems relating to drug effects such as X-Rays of the chest, Ultrasounds for cardiac imaging and cerebral imaging, complete blood count and arterial blood gas.

Lexapro Lawsuit

The objective behind filing a Lexapro lawsuit is to seek compensation for the medical bills, suffering, pain and damages. The spurious practice of the pharmaceutical companies exposespeople to the side effects of such hazardous drugs. Filing a suit against the company can protect people and fetch them their rights to receive the compensation as well as carry forward the treatment. Compensation is helpful to carry the corrective surgeries or preparing for a future medical expense.

Filing A Lexapro Lawsuit

A Lexapro lawyer is experienced in defective drug litigation. They can easily acquire information relating to the medical history, records, insurance information and testimony of medical experts. The victim and the family can concentrate on the treatment of the medical problem and the legal matter is easily managed by the proficient attorneys. By filing a Lexapro lawsuit, victims can ensure that their case is carried in an effective way. Lawsuits are assessed on the individual basis and damages are compensated as per the judgement.