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The leading law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is currently investigating potential legal claims on behalf of families who believe their baby was born with a birth defect due to the mother’s use of Prozac during pregnancy. Studies have linked Prozac and similar drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant to an increased risk of birth defects when taken by pregnant women, especially in the early months of pregnancy. Prozac birth defects currently being investigated by our defective drug lawyers include:
- Anal atresia
- Anencephaly (birth without a forebrain)
- Atrial Septal Defects
- Craniosynostosis (premature closing of sutures of the skull)
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Heart defects
- Limb-reduction defects
- Omphalocele (babies born with organs outside the body)
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
The lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are leaders in defective drug litigation, and understand the devastating financial and emotional impact preventable birth defects have on children and their families. If your child’s was hurt because of Prozac, your family deserves compensation from the maker of that drug. Filing a Prozac birth defect lawsuit could enable you to obtain the funding you need to pay for your child’s current and future needs, including medical bills, rehabilitation therapy and special education services. You may also be able to obtain compensation or your baby’s pain and suffering, as well as your family’s emotional distress. The defective drug lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP are currently offering free lawsuit consultations to any family who believes Prozac caused their baby’s birth defect. To learn more about obtaining justice for your baby, please contact the Prozac birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle today.
Prozac and Birth Defects
Prozac is an SSRI antidepressant that was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1986. It is used to treat major depressive disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders, and panic attacks in adults and children over eight years old. Prozac has been used by 54 million people in 90 countries.
In 1996, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) revealed that women taking Prozac during pregnancy were two times as likely to deliver a baby with three or more “minor abnormalities” and poorer than average neonatal adaptation. On July 19, 2006, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning that SSRI antidepressants can cause serious or life-threatening lung problems in newborns whose mothers took the medication while pregnant. The warning came after a study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed infants were six times more likely to suffer Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn (PPHN) after being exposed to SSRIs such as Prozac.
Other studies that have pointed to a link between SSRIs, like Prozac, and birth defects include:
- In 2007, a study published in the NEJM linked SSRI drugs to neural tube defects, including spina bifida and anencephaly.
- Both the National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants and the NEJM published research in 2007 which linked SSRI antidepressants to cranial defects and abdominal birth defects.
- Another 2007 study published by the NEJM found that children born to pregnant women who took an SSRI were three times more likely to suffer right ventricular defects than women who did not take the drug. The study also found that these children may be at an increased risk of other cardiac defects.
- A 2011 study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that use of Prozac while pregnant was associated with an increased risk of isolated ventricular septal defects.
- In 2011, a study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California found that the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder was about twice as high among women who took SSRIs in the year before delivery. Women who took SSRIs in their first trimester had a four times higher risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder.
Learn More About Filing A Prozac Birth Defect Lawsuit
If your child was born with a birth defect, and you believe Prozac might be to blame, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of this medication. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the Prozac birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 800-403-6191.