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Lexapro Blamed in Infant’s Death

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Lexapro birth defects lawsuitA commonly used anti-depressant is at the center of a lawsuit in the death of a one-day old child.

Sonja Jamsek took a mild dose of Lexapro during her pregnancy. Her doctor warned that her infant might experience withdrawal after being born.

However, the doctor didn’t advise that her infant may develop Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN). At the time, her doctor was unaware of this particular Lexapro birth defect.

Lexapro & PPHN

Sonja Jamsek alleges that Lexapro is to blame for pulmonary hypertension in her baby. She argues that PPHN limited her daughter’s oxygen supply and caused fatal internal bleeding.

Pharmaceutical Companies Must Warn about Risks

It’s a drug company’s responsibility to inform physicians and patients about all known risks involved in taking medication. When they don’t, they must be held accountable for damages.

We have helped other families just like yours.

Over the last decade, Carey Danis & Lowe attorneys have obtained over $1 billion in compensation on behalf of clients in cases against manufacturers of harmful pharmaceutical products.

Our St. Louis law firm assists families whose lives have been turned upside down because of Lexapro birth defects.

If your newborn developed a birth defect as a result of exposure to Lexapro in the womb, you may be entitled to receive compensation.

Our experienced Lexapro lawyers can assist you in exploring your legal options in a free consultation.

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Please call Carey Danis & Lowe today at 800.721.2519, or email us.

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.

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.

The SSRI Antidepressant Lexapro & Congenital Birth Defects

By | Lexapro, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Published October 10, 2012 by LawsuitInformation.org

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.

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.

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.