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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.

The Link between Zoloft and Birth Defects

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Zoloft

Zoloft MDL Updates: Zoloft MDL No. 2342 Progresses with Order to Submit Initial Discovery Zoloft Birth Defect CasesAt the first trial of 1000+ Zoloft birth defects lawsuits, the plaintiff’s legal team presented evidence that Pfizer researchers knew that pregnant women using Zoloft risked having babies with heart defects.

Zoloft is the most popular antidepressant on the market.

Pfizer overlooked internal red flags about possible birth defects to preserve billions in the sales of Zoloft, say families suing the drug giant. Pfizer didn’t use this research to caution doctors and patients about the risk, said the plaintiff’s lawyer at state court in St. Louis.

Zoloft Studies

A New England Journal of Medicine study in 2007 documented that pregnant women on Zoloft had double the risk of having a child with a birth defect.

According to Pfizer’s study, risks to newborns range from atrial septal defect, heart disease, growth retardation, omphalocele (newborns’ organs are outside their body), and persistent pulmonary hypertension.

The plaintiff in the case, Logan Pesante, whose mother took Zoloft while Logan was in the womb, has had three open heart surgeries to fix defects. The now 11-year old continues to suffer from lingering issues stemming from the defects.

The Pesantes and their lawyers argue that Pfizer needs to be held liable for failure to clearly warn physicians and patients about Zoloft’s increased risk of birth defects on the drug’s label and in marketing materials.

Legal Assistance

When drug makers don’t warn about a drug’s hazards, innocent consumers can suffer devastating effects. Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to test their products for health risks and advise the public. When they fall down in these duties, they face legal liability for the harm they cause.

If your baby has suffered heart wrenching pain due to a birth defect caused by Zoloft, Carey Danis & Lowe can help you. Our attorneys will assist in determining your eligibility to receive compensation for you and your baby. Our experienced lawyers are compassionate, knowledgeable and determined.

Carey Danis & Lowe is dedicated to representing individuals harmed by corporate abuse and neglect. Please call today for a free consultation—800.721.2519, or send us an email.

Antidepressants & Pregnancy: Teen Files Prozac Birth Defects Lawsuit

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Prozac, Uncategorized

SSRI Antidepressant Prozac Birth Defects LawsuitHaving suffered from Prozac birth defects, a Scottish teen has filed a lawsuit targeting Prozac maker, Eli Lilly. According to an article about the teen that was published by the Scottish news service, The Daily Record, the teen’s mother had used Prozac during her pregnancy.

The family believes that Prozac exposure in the womb caused the boy’s birth defects, which include a cleft lip and spina bifida.

The Prozac birth defects lawsuit has been filed in a court in Florida.

The combination of antidepressants and pregnancy being the cause of birth defects is a firm one. Unfortunately, many children have suffered tremendously from exposure to selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants, a category of antidepressant that includes Prozac, in the womb.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized an association between Prozac and birth defects, and thus, has recommended that the use of Prozac during pregnancy should only occur when benefits outweigh risks.

However, for the mother of the Scottish teen, such an analysis of benefits and risks was never undertaken, since, at the time she was using Prozac in the ’90s, there was still little understanding of how the antidepressant affected children in the womb.

Legal Assistance

Carey Danis & Lowe is a St. Louis law firm that represents families whose lives have been impacted by the use of SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy.

If your child suffered from birth defects after being exposed to an SSRI antidepressant, such as Prozac, in the womb, we encourage you and your family to explore legal options and compensation eligibility today.

Our law firm offers free, no-obligation case evaluations.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form. We look forward to offering you and your family any assistance that we can.

Antidepressant Wellbutrin Linked to Birth Defects

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Wellbutrin

Published October 23, 2012 by LawsuitInformation.org

Antidepressant Wellbutrin Linked to Birth DefectsManufactured by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, Wellbutrin is an antidepressant drug that has been linked to congenital birth defects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the antidepressant medication Wellbutrin (bupropion) in order to treat depression.

Due to the increasing occurrences of life-threatening and life-altering birth defects connected with the use of Wellbutrin in pregnant mothers, the FDA has categorized Wellbutrin as a pregnancy category C drug. Unlike many antidepressants on the market that block serotonin, Wellbutrin is categorized as a norepinephrine and dopamine re-uptake inhibitor (NDRI).

Wellbutrin birth defects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Congenital cardiac defects
  • Atrial Septal Defects (ASD)
  • Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD)
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn(PPHN)
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Omphalocele

In 2010, a Wellbutrin study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that pointed to data showing a significant link between the use of Wellbutrin by a pregnant woman, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy, and the development of congenital birth defects, in particular cardiac complications and malformations.

Termination of Wellbutrin use during pregnancy will most certainly benefit an unborn child as a result of Wellbutrin’s connection to birth defects. However, discontinued use of an antidepressant drug by a pregnant woman must be discussed with a physician in order to weigh the risks of continued use on the unborn child and terminated use on the expectant mother.

It is also important to note that following pregnancy, if a nursing mother decides to begin use of Wellbutrin, such a decision is important to discuss with a physician. It has been understood that Wellbutrin is a drug that can present itself in breast milk, and therefore, can lead to injurious health effects on a newborn.

If your newborn has suffered from birth defects correlated to exposure to Wellbutrin in the womb, submit your claim to an experienced pharmaceutical litigation lawyer at Carey Danis & Lowe. Also, contact a pharmaceutical product liability attorney at Carey Danis & Lowe at 800.721.2519 for a free legal consultation about filing a Wellbutrin lawsuit. It is important to hold GlaxoSmithKline accountable for their negligence to inform the public about Wellbutrin’s link to the development of life-threatening congenital birth defects.

Our lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are committed to providing you the legal support and counsel you need to win a Wellbutrin lawsuit and receive compensation for your pain, suffering, and financial losses.

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.

The Injurious Link Between SSRI Antidepressants and Birth Defects

By | Antidepressant, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Published September 13, 2012 on Carey & Danis

The Injurious Link Between SSRI Antidepressants and Birth DefectsA grave conundrum is presented to women who suffer from depression during pregnancy. There are significant mental and physical health issues that must be considered in regards to medicating with a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant such as Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Symbyax, Paxil, Zoloft, or Prozac while pregnant. Ending use of an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy poses a risk to the mother’s mental health as well as to the unborn child, depending on when discontinuance of the medication occurs.

If an SSRI antidepressant was taken by the pregnant mother into the third trimester, it has been discovered that these antidepressant medications leach through the placental sack, thus exposing the unborn child to the drugs, often causing a chemical attachment resulting in withdrawal upon the child’s birth or the mother’s sudden termination of SSRI use.Signs of withdrawal in the newborn child are irritable mood, breathing complications, trembling, feeding problems, and hypoglycemia.

In recognition of these withdrawal symptoms in newborn children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004 released a warning in regards to the use of SSRI antidepressants by pregnant women in their third trimester. In their statement, the FDA made the recommendation that pregnant women medicating with an SSRI antidepressant be placed on a schedule which over time would gradually lower their dosage of an antidepressant.

Though this FDA warning and recommendation was targeted at the prevention of withdrawal symptoms in the newborn child, such near termination of SSRI antidepressant use by the pregnant mother was seen to cause serious mental health issues including a severe episode of postpartum depression. Drug withdrawal is not the only source of suffering inflicted on an unborn child exposed to SSRI antidepressants.

Epidemiology magazine examined in their May 2012 issue a recent study on the health of pregnant mothers using SSRI antidepressants. The study found that there is a significant link between the use of an SSRI antidepressant and pre-term delivery. In this specific study led by the Yale School of Public Health, the SSRI under examination was Paxil. Use of Paxil and other SSRI antidepressants while pregnant have also been linked to a number of other birth defects that cause an undue amount of suffering for a newborn child. These SSRI-linked birth defects include Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), omphalocele, craniosynostosis, atrial septal defects, and ventricular septal defects.

If an SSRI antidepressant was used during pregnancy and a newborn child suffered from a birth defect, compensation for such unfair suffering is due. Contact a knowledgeable pharmaceutical product liability litigation attorney at Carey Danis & Lowe for more information about filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Symbyax, Paxil, Zoloft, or Prozac.

Drug and Medical Device Cases To Look for in Your Practice

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Published May 15, 2012 on InjuryBoard

It is hard to keep track of all of the information we get daily about various drugs and devices. Which ones are potential cases? Who can review them for me?

Here is a list of cases that we are reviewing, and can assist you on. It is not exhaustive.

Depuy Hip Replacements: These hips were installed in thousands of patients without adequate testing. It turns out that the metal components degrade and leave dangerous levels of metal in the blood stream. They also are often ill fitting. In almost every case the replacement needs to be redone.

Actos: This is a diabetes medication that was known to cause bladder cancer.

Zicam: This is a nasal inhaler for colds that causes loss of taste and smell.

Flouroquinolones (Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox): These drugs are known to cause tendon ruptures. The manufacturers have warned since 2009 that they should be used sparingly and only when necessary, yet some doctors continue to overprescribe the drugs. These are now brought by us as medical malpractice claims.

Medtronic Pacemaker Leads: The leads on some of these pacemakers are defective, and can cause death and even when discovered in time can be very difficult to replace.

SSRIs and Birth Defects: Some SSRI medications have been linked to birth defects, and may be actionable.

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.

FDA Announces 10 Drugs With Severe Birth Defect Warnings

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Posted January 10, 2012 

San Diego, CA — (SBWIRE) — 01/10/2012 The drugs found on this list went through multiple tests, research experiments, and survey before the FDA classified them as dangerous to babies during pregnancy.

Zoloft (sertraline), a popular antidepressant known as a “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor” (SSRI), is linked to dangerous side effects in users and serious birth defects (including, heart murmur, hole in the heart and other serious heart defects) if taken by pregnant women. Since 2006, the FDA has warned against the use of Zoloft and other SSRIs in pregnant mothers.

Paxil (paroxetine), one of the most widely prescribed SSRI’s for depression in adults has also been associated with serious side effects in men and women and very dangerous birth defects like heart defects that can result in death if taken by pregnant women. Also part of the 2006 study of SSRI side effects, Paxil has been identified by the FDA to be dangerous for women who are pregnant or who become pregnant.

Prozac (fluoxetine) is probably the most popular anti-depressant and SSRI prescribed by physicians over the past decade and is considered by the FDA to be highly dangerous for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Side effects of Prozac include heart defects, cleft palate/cleft lip, and persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN).

Celexa (citalopram), one of the more recent brand-named SSRI’s used to treat depression, was identified by the FDA in 2011 as being linked to very serious side effects as well as birth defects. The FDA issued a warning to adults who took higher dosages of Celexa that they are at a greater risk of deadly heart conditions including fatal heart rhythm problems. Consumer Reports released an article on the study as well.

Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride), was identified by the FDA in 2009 to have links to dangerous side effects and potentially fatal birth defects. A public health advisory was released by the FDA pointing out that Wellbutrin, Chantix and Zyban may increase the risk of suicide and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is prescribed by doctors to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder and is in the group of medications classified as SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Similar to Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac, Lexapro has been linked to serious and dangerous side effects including thoughts of suicide in adults and heart defects in children from mothers who have taken these products.

Effexor (venlafaxine) is an antidepressant and anti-anxiety drug that was approved by the FDA and released on the market in 2004 as an another SSRI. Since then it has been shown to have a direct correlation with permanent and dangerous birth defects including abdominal birth defects, anal atresia, cardiac defects, limb defects and genital defects.

Diflucan (fluconazole), a powerful anti-fungal medication prescribed to women with yeast infections and other types of fungal infections in the body and organs, may be associated with rare but very serious side effects and birth defects in infants whose mothers were treated with Diflucan. The FDA reported the following possible birth defects: mis-shaped head, cleft palate/cleft lip, joint deformities and congenital heart disease and heart defects.

Topamax (topiramate) is an anti-seizure drug used to treat epileptics and is also prescribed for adults suffering migraine headaches. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strengthened their warning based on new data that links Topamax to severe birth defects when used while pregnant. If you or someone you know has taken or is currently taking Topamax, it is strongly urged by the FDA to discuss alternative treatments for seizures and migraines.

Depakote (divalproex sodium), another popular anti-seizure drug prescribed by doctors to treat epileptic seizures, has been reported in some studies to be linked to severe birth defects and side effects. Birth defects identified in these studies include: holes in the heart, abnormal skull formation, cleft palate/cleft lip, and spina bifida.

If you or someone close to you have taken any of the above drugs and have experienced any of the following birth defects contact a Birth Defect Attorney immediately to discuss your options.

  • Hole in Heart
  • Heart Defects
  • Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
  • Club Foot, Fetal Death
  • Anal Atresia
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)Lung Disease/Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Limb Defect/Genital Defect
  • Ventrical Outflow Defect
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Tetralogy of the Fallot
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • A Ventrical Septal Defect (VSD)
  • Pulmonary Hypertension in newborn (PPHN)
  • Additional Conditions Included…

Anyone who has taken any prescribed medications during pregnancy should discuss their options with a licensed birth defect lawyer immediately. They may be entitled to financial compensation.

Defective Drugs Trigger Avalanche of Lawsuits

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Published April 20, 2012 on LawsuitInformation.org

A lawsuit against drug manufacturer Pfizer is simmering in St. Louis, bouncing between state and federal courts while judges decide who will have the pleasure of trying the case. The class action suit is on behalf of 21 mothers who contend that their children were born with birth defects caused by the antidepressant drug Zoloft, which is made by Pfizer.

This particular lawsuit was filed in February and is still in its early stages. However, it is but the latest addition to a disturbing number of prescription drugs which are the subject of litigation due to the serious side effects they cause. Antidepressants in particular have been under fire for causing severe birth defects, up to and including fetal death.

Every drug has side effects, and consumers have the right to frank and accurate descriptions of the risks involved before they start taking a pharmaceutical product. Unfortunately, the trend has been for marketers and manufacturers to downplay or cover up the potential side effects of their wares, with sometimes disastrous results.

“Some haphazardly constructed and advertised medications are contributing to ailments that are much more difficult to overcome than the patient’s original health problem,” says John Bisnar, an attorney at California personal injury firm Bisnar Chase. “As more drug defect victims continue to come forward with debilitating injuries, more pharmaceutical manufacturing companies are being hit with large settlements and verdicts.”

Crippling Side Effects

“If you take medication, avoiding side effects is nearly impossible,” Bisnar says. “Mild side effects are of little concern, but what may seem to be a mild side effect may turn out to be something that is life-threatening. The best way to tell which is which is by keeping track of the medications that have received numerous complaints across the globe.”

A number of medications are currently the subject of lawsuits:

  • Reglan, an acid reflux drug, can cause Tardive Dyskinesia, a permanent neurological disorder characterized by involuntary facial and limb movements.
  • Actos is a diabetes medicine that has been linked to bladder cancer.
  • The painkiller Darvocet was removed from the market in 2010 after the FDA found that use of the drug can lead to heart problems and death.
  • A drug used to treat seizures and migraines, Topamax, has been found to cause birth defects like cleft palate.
  • Use of Effexor, an antidepressant, can cause heart and lung defects in babies.
  • People using Accutane to treat severe acne could be subject to liver disease, depression, ulcerative colitis and birth defects.
  • Fosamax is a drug used to treat osteoporosis but can cause a number of side effects, such as rashes, numbness, loose teeth, jaw collapse and fractured femurs.
  • The antibiotic Levaquin has been implicated in tendon ruptures. A 76-year-old plaintiff from Minnesota won $1.8 million from manufacturer Johnson & Johnson in 2010, and many more suits are pending.
  • Depakote, used to treat manic depression, has been found to cause a range of birth defects, some mild but others as serious as skeletal deformation and fetal death.
  • Another antidepressant, Lexapro, can also cause abdominal, cranial and heart-related birth defects.
  • Paxil, yet another drug used to treat depression, is linked to a laundry list of side effects for adults and newborns, all the way from dry mouth and gas to seizures, bleeding and serious heart and lung defects. As of July 2010 manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline had already spent $1 billion to resolve 800 claims of birth defects.
  • The diabetes drug Avandia, another GlaxoSmithKline product, has sparked more than 13,000 lawsuits due to its propensity for causing heart attacks.
  • A blood-thinning product called Plavix, designed to reduce the risk of heart attacks, has come under fire for actually increasing the chance that patients could suffer from heart attacks, strokes or other ailments.
  • A lawsuit over the hormone replacement drug Prempro was settled last fall after Pfizer faced a $73 million verdict for three women who said the drug gave them breast cancer. Nearly a thousand other claims are still pending.
  • Yaz, a relatively new hormonal birth control product, is alleged to cause heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, and gallbladder disease.
  • Cholesterol medicine Zocor is facing lawsuits claiming that the drug causes a deadly muscle disease called Rhabdomyolysis.