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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.

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.

Prozac Birth Defects Lawsuit News: Judge Rules to Include Plaintiff’s Accusations

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Prozac, Uncategorized

prozac_lawsuit_prozac_birth_defects_litigation_settlementsIn the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, where a Prozac birth defects lawsuit is being heard, Judge Lawrence K. Karlton ruled to maintain the plaintiff’s accusation of Eli Lilly’s Co.’s failure to warn. Furthermore, Judge Karlton found that the plaintiff’s additional claim that Prozac’s development betrayed Eli Lilly’s codes was sufficiently established, according to HarrisMartin. As such, evidence supporting these claims will be granted presentation in the court.

Carey Danis & Lowe Prozac lawyers believe that Judge Karlton’s decision to uphold the allegation of failure to warn is important. This means that the plaintiff has the opportunity to present a Prozac lawsuit in court that establishes Eli Lilly’s disregard for patient safety and neglectful business practices.

One of the most common Prozac birth defects is persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a condition that affects normal lung function, resulting in a lack of properly oxygenated blood. In a study published by The New England Journal of Medicine in 2006, researchers found that the risk of PPHN increased six-fold in children whose mothers used a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant, such as Prozac, during pregnancy.

Carey Danis & Lowe is a national law firm headquartered in St. Louis whose attorneys represent victims of SSRI birth defects. Our Prozac birth defects lawyers are currently offering free legal consultations of Prozac cases, and are available to discuss your legal options. We can also assist with filing a Prozac birth defects lawsuit.

If you have concerns about the impact Prozac has on children in the womb and after birth, receive thorough answers to your questions by discussing them with one of our on-staff medical experts. Share your story with Carey Danis & Lowe today by calling 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim.

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.

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.”

Zoloft Lawsuit Underscores Parents’ Heartbreak

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Zoloft

Posted March 18, 2012 on LawsuitInformation.org

St. Louis, MO: The recent filing of a Zoloft birth defects lawsuit underscores the pain, heartbreak and frustration evident in the plaintiffs—parents of innocent children who came into the world saddled with life-altering defects allegedly at the behest of the SSRI antidepressant, Zoloft.

It is no secret that antidepressants have been a success for pharmaceutical companies. They also represent important options in the tool belts and treating protocols of psychiatrists and medical doctors, for the treatment of depression.

However, the link between Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and birth defects, such as Zoloft cleft palate, have driven the parents of 18 children suffering from Zoloft defects to the courts.

Reuters reports that the lawsuit filed by plaintiff Shainyah Lancaster et al last month in St. Louis, accuses Zoloft manufacturer Pfizer of suppressing information to the medical community and the public at large as to the risks associated with Zoloft when used by women of childbearing age. The lawsuit further alleges that Pfizer knew or should have known of the existence of SSRI studies, which suggested a greater risk of congenital birth defects in concert with a Zoloft pregnancy.

The Zoloft birth defects lawsuit further alleges that Pfizer was aware that Zoloft was being prescribed to pregnant women by their doctors, but that Pfizer failed to warn the medical community about the risks.

Zoloft has been the center of controversy for some time. Dr. Sidney Wolfe, of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, took Pfizer to task for promoting Zoloft for unapproved uses. In a statement released in October 1996, Wolfe referenced a communiqué directed to Pfizer from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August of that year, chastising Pfizer for promoting Zoloft for use in cardiac patients with depression, amongst other unapproved uses.

More recently, Peter Breggin MD, blogging in the Huffington Post on June 28, 2007, noted the spin that often accompanies the release of data. He noted that headlines and media reports surrounding the release of data from a 2007 study seemed to downplay the risks associated with SSRI drugs—Zoloft among them—even though, according to Breggin, “several severe birth defects were doubled or nearly tripled in frequency when SSRIs were taken in the first trimester. This combined with the other known toxic effects of SSRIs, including brain damage and dysfunction, make these drugs contraindicated in pregnancy.”

One of those defects—Zoloft craniosynostosis—was described in Dr. Breggin’s blog post as “the premature closing of one or more sutures or fibrous joints knitting the bones of the infant’s skull.” He noted that craniosynostosis occurs in about four per 10,000 births according to the National Institutes of Health. “A 2.8 times greater occurrence of this condition will cause 2,305 more US babies to be born each year with this birth defect as a result of their mothers taking SSRIs in the first trimester of pregnancy.”

The particular afflictions of the 18 children who allegedly suffer from Zoloft birth defects were not identified in the news reports. However, regardless of the defect suffered by the Zoloft child—Zoloft PPHN, cleft palate or Zoloft heart defects—it is assumed that their parents are facing a lifetime of stormy seas as the result of having a Zoloft newborn. As Zoloft parents face reality, they equally expect Pfizer to face the music.

Zoloft Side Effects – Birth Defects in Detail

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Zoloft

Published April 20, 2012 on LawsuitInformation.org

Side effects from Zoloft, a brand name antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may cause life-altering and potentially life-threatening side effects / birth defects for newborns of women who took the drug during pregnancy. If your child has been harmed, contact Carey Danis & Lowe immediately. We represent hundreds of families that have been affected by Zoloft Birth Defects.

If you are looking for a compassionate law firm that is experienced with defective drugs and the adverse effects of Zoloft, contact us. Our PPHN lawyers are investigating the dangers of this drug and the possible link to the birth defect PPHN (Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns). We are here to answer any questions you may have and help you navigate through the process of filing a Zoloft lawsuit.


Newborns exposed to Zoloft and other SSRIs during the first trimester of pregnancy are at risk of developing several different kinds of side effects (birth defects), including neural tube defects, cleft lip, PPHN side effects, and heart defects. Keep reading to review a complete list of the potentially dangerous side effects caused by Zoloft in newborns.

Neural Tube Defect Side Effects:

Neural tube birth defects affect the brain and spinal cord. Also called cleft spine or open spine, it is the underdevelopment of the fetal spinal column (neural tube). In an embryo, this region begins as a flat surface, and about 28 days after conception, the flat region rolls into a tube. Neural tube defects occur when this tube does not close completely, leaving an opening at the skull or vertebrae. Neural tube defects cause paralysis, incontinence, learning difficulties, loss of sensation in parts of the body, developmental delays, lack of coordination, and lack of concentration.

Omphalocele Side Effects:

An omphalocele is a birth defect caused by underdeveloped abdominal wall muscles that leaves an opening in the midgut. It causes the intestines and other organs, covered only by a thin sac, to protrude outside of this opening. While the problem can typically be corrected with surgery, many newborns with omphalocele will have additional serious side effects, including heart defects. Some of these side effects can be potentially fatal.

Cleft Lip Side Effects:

A cleft lip is a birth defect where the lip does not fuse properly during the early stages of fetal development. This side effect is characterized by a vertical fissure in one or both sides of the upper lip causes a number of difficulties, including problems with feeding, missing or malformed teeth, speech and language delay, chronic ear infections, hearing loss, and socialization.

Cleft Palate Side Effects:

A cleft palate is a birth defect in which the roof of the mouth fails to close completely in utero (at about the 6th to 9th week of pregnancy), and as a result, connects the mouth directly with the nasal cavity. Infants with a cleft palate often struggle with serious complications, including recurring ear infections, hearing loss, feeding difficulties, missing or misaligned teeth, and delays in speech and language development.

Craniosynostosis Side Effects:

Craniosynostosis is a side effect characterized by the premature fusion of an infant’s cranial sutures, the joints between the bones of the skull. The elasticity of the cranium is essential in the skull’s ability to expand in order to accommodate normal brain growth. Because the suture(s) close early, it constricts the growth of the skull (as well as the brain) and results in an abnormally shaped head. Besides irregular appearance, infants with craniosynostosis side effects may also suffer from increased intracranial pressure, seizures, and developmental delays.

Heart Defect Side Effects:

Heart defect side effects involve the structure of the heart or the blood vessels surrounding the heart. It can either obstruct blood flow in the heart or cause irregular blood flow through the heart. While some heart defects are minor and require little to no treatment, others are life-threatening and require immediate medical care in order to avoid severe consequences.

Limb Defect Side Effects:

Congenital limb defects are side effects characterized by the improper formation of an entire limb, or portion of a limb, in utero. Limb defects can involve the hand, arm, foot, leg, toes or fingers, and can present as undergrowth, overgrowth, complete absence, duplication, webbing, or as a constricting band syndrome (premature rupture of the amniotic sac that causes membranes or bands to entangle the fetus, which cuts off blood flow and tissue growth). One of the most common limb defects is club foot, a side effect in which a child is born with one or both feet smaller than normal and internally rotated at the ankle.

PPHN Side Effects:

PPHN, or persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, is a side effect that causes high blood pressure in the lungs, which keeps the lungs from relaxing to allow blood to flow through properly. As a result, oxygen does not reach the bloodstream when the child breathes. Even with treatment, an infant with PPHN may continue to receive an insufficient amount of oxygen to his or her vital organs and tissues. This can potentially result in shock, seizures, heart failure, multiple organ failure, and even death.

Anal Atresia Side Effects:

Anal atresia, also referred to as imperforate anus or anal rectal malformation, is a side effect which can cause the following complications: the opening to the rectum does not properly connect to the colon; the rectum may have openings to the urethra, the bladder, the vagina, penis or scrotum; or the anus may be narrowed or missing. Although most infants with anal atresia make a full recovery after surgery, others may continue to suffer from difficulties like bowel control, constipation, and intestinal blockage. Other affected infants may experience additional side effects, particularly those of the genitals, spine or urinary tract.