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New Study Links Prozac & Paxil with Birth Defects

By | Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Prozac, Uncategorized

ssri_birth_defectsA study published in the British Medical Journal links certain antidepressants with birth defects when used by pregnant women. The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in Atlanta led the study.

Researchers looked at selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a class of antidepressants often referred to as SSRIs. The SSRIs included in the study were Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and Zoloft.

The researchers recorded an increase in birth defects in children whose mothers used Prozac or Paxil early in their pregnancy. They reviewed 28,000 pregnancies between 1997 and 2009.

When women used Paxil one month before or during their first trimester, the risk of birth defects increased. For anencephaly, or a deformation of the skull, the risk rose from 2 per 10,000 to 7 per 10,000. For heart defects, the risk rose from 10 per 10,000 to 24 per 10,000.

In their study, the researchers emphasized that the Prozac and Paxil birth defects risk is small, but their findings do show a link. In light of this link, they called for further studies into the use of SSRI antidepressants in pregnant women.

It is highly recommended to speak with an obstetrician and mental health professional in order to make an informed decision about using SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy.

You are not alone.

At Carey Danis & Lowe, we understand the pain and suffering caused by birth defects. That’s why our team of experienced attorneys works tirelessly to recover losses for families impacted by Prozac birth defects or Paxil birth defects.

Interested in exploring your legal options?

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today. We offer free case evaluations, during which we discuss your case, your compensation eligibility, and whether filing a Prozac or Paxil birth defects lawsuit is right for you.

You can reach our St. Louis law firm by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

We look forward to hearing from you, and 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.

Paxil Birth Defects Lawsuit Update: CD&L Case Secure

By | Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

SSRI Antidepressant Paxil Birth Defects LitigationA Paxil birth defects lawsuit was brought under review in a Missouri federal court, and has since been returned to and secured in a Missouri state court. Paxil manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, attempted to remove the case.

The plaintiff in the case is being represented by Carey Danis & Lowe attorneys Andrew Cross and Sarah Shoemake Doles. As the plaintiff is a resident of Delaware, like the defendant, GlaxoSmithKline sought to remove this particular case on grounds of non-diversity, meaning that both parties are residents of the same state.

Furthermore, GlaxoSmithKline submitted documents showing that the plaintiff did not fill her Paxil prescription during her pregnancy. However, in response, the plaintiff submitted documents demonstrating that, in fact, she had filled her Paxil prescription during her pregnancy.

GlaxoSmithKline then went on to assert that this particular case was filed outside of the period permitted by the statute of limitations. However, in making this assertion, the pharmaceutical company was similarly outside of the designated period during which they are allowed by the court to amend their original removal request.

Paxil Birth Defects Lawsuit

The case involves a plaintiff who consumed Paxil during her pregnancy, and later, filed a lawsuit targeted at GlaxoSmithKline for failing to properly warn patients and health care providers of the risks associated with Paxil use during pregnancy. The plaintiff also filed her lawsuit claiming that her child developed birth defects through exposure to Paxil in the womb.

Judge’s Ruling

U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh ruled that this particular case be sent back to state court, from which it was originally removed by GlaxoSmithKline. Judge Limbaugh also denied requests submitted by GlaxoSmithKline to amend their original removal request, to provide further evidence for their statute of limitations argument, and to remove the case based on diversity.

Therefore, this particular case was remanded to the St. Louis County Circuit Court, and is secure.

Carey Danis & Lowe Represents Victims of Paxil

The defective drug lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe represent victims of Paxil in Paxil birth defects lawsuits.

If you consumed Paxil during your pregnancy, and your child was born with birth defects, we encourage you to begin exploring your legal options and compensation eligibility today with one of our defective drug lawyers during a free initial case evaluation.

Carey Danis & Lowe is here to listen to your Paxil birth defects story. Contact our law firm by phone at 800.721.2519, or by submitting a confidential personal injury claim form.

Paxil Birth Defects Mass Tort Update, Approaching End

By | Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

SSRI Antidepressant Paxil Birth Defects LitigationThe Paxil birth defects mass tort currently being heard in a Philadelphia court is approaching conclusion. The mass tort once comprised approximately 1,000 lawsuits, and currently includes only two, according to an article recently published by Law.com.

A majority of the lawsuits in the Paxil mass tort were settled without a trial. Even so, a substantial number of these lawsuits were either transferred from the state court in Philadelphia to a federal court, or were sent back to their state of origin.

With legal proceedings wrapping up in Philadelphia, St. Louis is now considered the focal point for Paxil birth defects lawsuits, as a sizable number of cases are currently pending there.

Carey Danis & Lowe, a law firm headquartered in St. Louis, is hoping for a swift conclusion in these cases, as the lives of so many families have been negatively impacted.

Women across the country, along with their families, have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer of Paxil, GlaxoSmithKline, alleging that use of their SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy resulted in their children developing life-altering birth defects. Paxil birth defects range from heart defects, such as a hole in the heart, to persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) to Craniosynostosis. A more comprehensive list of birth defects can be reviewed here: Paxil birth defects list.

Carey Danis & Lowe Represents Victims of Paxil

Carey Danis & Lowe specializes in defective drug litigation, and currently represents women and their families in Paxil birth defects lawsuits. If you or a loved one used Paxil during pregnancy, and your child was born with a birth defect, we encourage you to begin reviewing your legal options and compensation eligibility with one of our defective drug lawyers today.

Our lawyers are available to listen to your Paxil story. Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

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.

Carey Danis & Lowe Tackle Paxil Birth Defect Claims

By | Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Published October 12, 2012 by LawsuitInformation.org

Carey Danis & Lowe Tackle Paxil Birth Defect ClaimsPlaintiff’s litigation firm Carey Danis & Lowe is currently accepting new cases regarding Paxil and its link to birth defects when taken by expectant mothers during pregnancy. Paxil lawsuits have cropped up throughout the United States in response to the life altering, and in some cases life threatening, Paxil caused birth defects in newborn babies.

Paxil is an antidepressant drug classified as a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor, or an SSRI. It is known generically as Paroxetine. Paxil was developed by GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical company.

In July 2012, GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to federal charges claiming, among many other wrongdoings on part of the pharmaceutical giant, that they failed to properly inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), physicians, and patients about data collected in Paxil’s clinical trials. In fact, it has surfaced that GlaxoSmithKline withheld important information about the drug Paxil, information which could have saved lives. GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay $3 billion in fines to the federal government – the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history.

Recently, GlaxoSmithKline made an announcement about its new effort towards transparency. In the announcement made in early October, the British drug maker stated that it would make public the data collected during clinical trials, which was not the case in regards to Paxil’s clinical trials. However, for many patients who used Paxil, such an effort on the part of GlaxoSmithKline is too late.

Pharmaceutical product liability and personal injury attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe recognize that there are still families out there whose children have suffered from Paxil related birth defects. The lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are currently investigating new claims against drug’s maker, GlaxoSmithKline. If your family has been a victim of Paxil birth defects, contact the experienced attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe for more information about filing a Paxil lawsuit. Call 800-721-2519 for a free legal consultation.

Paxil Lawsuit Report

By | Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Published May 11, 2012 

Paxil Lawsuit News – 5/11/2012: Paxil may be linked to serious negative side effects. If you took Paxil and believe you suffered negative side effects as a result, contact us today so that we can make arrangements for a free consultation with a law firm that is investigating cases related to the side effects of Paxil.

Paxil Lawsuit: Families are continuing to file lawsuits against Paxil because of the occurrence of side effects from Paxil. Paxil is known as an anti-depressant, specifically a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). There are different chemicals in your brain and SSRIs work to prevent the nerve cells from reabsorbing serotonin, thus making serotonin in the brain more available. It is believed by some that an imbalance of chemicals is the cause of depression and one available treatment is prescribing SSRIs because serotonin is essential to mood enhancement.

While SSRIs were first prescribed to depressed patients because of the reduced amount of side effects when compared to previous generations of anti-depressants, the side effects of Paxil can be extremely dangerous. Of particular concern is Paxil and pregnancy.

Paxil Lawsuit: Taking Paxil while pregnant can affect the development of the fetus. This then results in the Paxil bad side effects. Taking Paxil during the first trimester is especially dangerous. When babies are exposed to Paxil during the first trimester, they may be born with heart problems such as atrial or ventricular septal defects.

These defects are holes in the wall that separates the heart chambers. When this heart problem exists, it makes the organ work harder than it should. It is possible that over time this defect may correct itself, but may be so severe that it will require surgery. Paxil Lawsuit

Another negative Paxil side effect includes abnormalities in the development of the abdomen (omphalocele). A type of abdominal wall defect linked to the use of Paxil is when the intestines, liver and other organs stay outside the abdomen in a sac. In a Paxil baby, the muscles in the abdominal wall (umbilical ring) do not close properly.

Once the baby is born and doing well, this side effect of Paxil will require corrective surgery. This surgery creates a cavity inside the abdomen to contain the intestinal contents. If your child has suffered from a Paxil birth defect, contact a Paxil lawyer for a consultation.

Attorney Jeff Lowe Speaks about Paxil Birth Defects

By | Paxil, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Posted April 27, 2010 

St. Louis, MO: Women who took Paxil during the first trimester of pregnancy and whose children were born with birth defects should consider speaking with an attorney about their options. Jeff Lowe, a partner at Carey Danis & Lowe, says serious birth defects have been linked to the use of Paxil during pregnancy.

Attorney Jeff Lowe Speaks about Paxil Birth Defects “The cases that we’re handling are birth defects that occurred primarily for woman who took Paxil during the first trimester,” Lowe says. “The primary birth defects are Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) and cardiac defects. Those cardiac defects are mainly atrial or septal defects—holes in the heart.”

That does not mean that babies born with other birth defects are excluded from a potential lawsuit. Pregnant women who took any antidepressants from a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, a class that includes Paxil) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs, a class that includes Effexor) and whose babies were born with birth defects may want to consider speaking to an attorney about their options.

So far the medical literature has made the strongest link between use of certain antidepressants during the first trimester and an increased risk of PPHN or cardiac defects.

“There were studies looking at SSRIs and the early literature didn’t see a connection [between SSRIs and birth defects],” Lowe says. “Then some studies began finding a connection between Paxil and birth defects such as PPHN and cardiac defects. GlaxoSmithKline [Paxil’s manufacturer] had a database they were keeping that was based on their own studies. In 2006, they published their online database, which demonstrated a higher risk in major malformations for infants exposed to Paxil in the first trimester. Additional independent peer reviewed studies confirmed the link.

“Paxil’s warning was changed in 2005 [to include the risk of birth defects]. There was an FDA warning letter issued on December 8, 2005 and a Dear Doctor letter issued in September 2005.”

The good news for potential plaintiffs is that the statute of limitations is not as much of an issue in Paxil birth defect cases as in other situations, because the person most affected by the Paxil is the child. In all states, according to Lowe, “the statute of limitations doesn’t begin to run for a minor until the minor is either 18 to 21 years old, depending on state law, so there isn’t a statute of limitations issue for most children born with birth defects as a result of their mothers taking Paxil.”