Antidepressant Birth Defects

Drug Injury Attorneys Examine the Risks of Taking Paxil®

by Staff | October 14th, 2015

Each year, thousands of Americans are prescribed powerful antidepressants like the drug Paxil®. However, the drug injury attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to warn patients about the serious health and safety risks it can pose.

According to a new study, the drug Paxil isn’t effective in treating depression among teens. Furthermore, the drug may pose a more serious safety risk to teens than was previously believed.

In 2001, the maker of Paxil, GlaxoSmithKline, funded a study that found it was a safe and effective treatment for depression among teens. But in the latest issue of the BMJ, researchers showed these findings were flawed. They found the drug was no more effective in treating depression than a placebo. Incorrect sorting of data also led to a suicide attempt being labeled as an “emotional liability.” This resulted in the conclusion that the drug had a higher rate of teen patients attempting to commit suicide while using the drug than was previously reported.

Taking Paxil while pregnant has also been linked to antidepressant birth defects—including a condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension.

If you took Paxil and experienced adverse health events, you may have rights to compensation. Our legal staff at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin encourages you to visit our website to learn more about your legal options and the resources are available to you.

Report Shows Pfizer, Inc., Knew About Risk of Antidepressant Birth Defects

by Staff | July 1st, 2015

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that as much as 11 percent of United States citizens over age 12 take some sort of antidepressant medication. A large majority of these individuals use a form of the drug known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). What Americans may not realize though, is that using these drugs could cause health problems in unborn children.

One of the most common antidepressant birth defects being reported is persistent pulmonary hypertension. This is a condition in which blood flows abnormally to the heart and lungs, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the body.

Thousands of patients who have been afflicted with antidepressant birth defects have taken legal action against the companies that manufactured the medications they took. Now, it seems as though reports have emerged that may support the allegations that have been made against one of these companies.

According to an article from Bloomberg Business, reports from drug manufacturer, Pfizer, Inc., show the company new about problems with its drug Zoloft® for years, yet failed to take corrective action.

If your child was born with abnormalities after you took an antidepressant, you and your loved ones have legal rights that need to be protected. Speaking with a drug injury lawyer at our firm, Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, is as easy as picking up the phone. Just call (800) 477-7315 to get in touch with a member of our legal staff and get the answers you need.

FDA Lays Out New Guidelines for Information on Drug Labels

by Staff | December 10th, 2014

A medication may be deemed safe for human consumption,  but if you’re a woman who is or may become pregnant, that drug may pose a serious health threat to your unborn child.

Researchers have gathered evidence that shows taking certain mood-altering drugs—known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)— while pregnant can cause a child to be born with an antidepressant birth defect called persistent pulmonary hypertension.

Being aware of how a drug may interact with the child you’re carrying is important, considering estimates show as many as 3 in 5 women will regularly take medication during pregnancy; however, the labeling of medications can make it difficult to decipher which drugs are safe and which are dangerous.

Federal officials are addressing this issue by revamping what information is displayed on a drug’s label. CBS News reports that beginning next summer the labels of medications must carry any and all available information about the effects a drug could have on a woman or child during pregnancy or while nursing. This must include whether testing was conducted on human or animal subjects.

In the meantime, the drug injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin encourage women to discuss any questions they may have about a medication that’s been prescribed to them with their doctor or pharmacist. If you or your child have suffered a drug injury that was caused by a medication you were given, you may want to speak with an attorney about your potential legal rights to compensation. Our team is available to discuss your case anytime by calling (800) 477-7315.