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Antidepressant Birth Defect Lawsuit Brought By Texas Woman

1 July 2013No Comments

Defective DrugPfizer, the maker of the popular antidepressant drug Effexor, faces a product liability lawsuit filed by a Texas woman whose daughter was born with a life-threatening birth defect known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), allegedly caused by the use of Effexor in pregnancy. The birth defect lawsuit was filed by Felicia Sherrill in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on June 10, and raises allegations that Pfizer failed to adequately warn consumers and medical professionals about the potential risk of devastating birth defects among children exposed to Effexor and other antidepressant drugs during pregnancy. If you took an antidepressant while pregnant and your child was born with PPHN or another serious birth defect, consult our qualified defective product attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options.

Pregnancy Risks Linked To Effexor

According to the Effexor lawsuit, Sherrill’s daughter was born in 2007 and was diagnosed with PPHN, a serious and potentially life-threatening malformation in which the blood vessels leading to the lungs fail to expand properly, preventing adequate blood flow from reaching the lungs. Even though babies born with PPHN can breathe, the oxygen in the breathed air is unable to reach the bloodstream to be distributed to the rest of the body. As a result, common symptoms of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn include rapid breathing, respiratory distress, heart murmur, rapid heart rate, low oxygen levels even with oxygen treatment, and a bluish tint to the skin called cyanosis.

Potential Side Effects Of Antidepressants

Effexor, known generically as venlafaxine, is a popular antidepressant medication introduced in the United States in 1993 and commonly used to treat depression, panic disorder and certain anxiety disorders. The drug belongs to a class of antidepressant medications known as SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors), which are similar to the more well-known class of antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Both SNRI and SSRI antidepressant medications have been linked to an increased risk of serious birth defects when used in pregnancy, including PPHN, cleft lip, cleft palate, heart defects, limb malformations, defects of the skull and neural tube birth defects.

Our Knowledgeable Attorneys Can Help

In addition to Sherrill’s complaint, a number of similar birth defect lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer on behalf of families throughout the United States who believe they have been adversely affected by the antidepressant Effexor. In April, a motion was filed requesting the centralization of all Effexor birth defect lawsuits as part of an MDL (multidistrict litigation) for coordinated handling during pretrial proceedings. If you or your child was born with a serious birth defect that you believe to be related to Effexor or another potentially dangerous pharmaceutical drug, contact our reputable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm for legal help. With our attorneys on your side, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the drug maker, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

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