Lexapro, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug, has been linked to severe birth defects in newborns whose mothers were prescribed the antidepressant while pregnant. Lexapro was first introduced into the market in 2002 by manufacturer Forest Laboratories and has since been the focus of several lawsuits. Pregnant women who were prescribed the Lexapro have accused the drug of causing their children to develop autism and other severe birth defects.
If you or a loved one was prescribed Lexapro during pregnancy and your child suffered from birth defects, you may be entitled to file a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers. The law team at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy is experienced in fighting for the rights of those who have been affected by harmful drugs. We will provide you with a free consultation to see if you are entitled to file a Lexapro lawsuit.
BIRTH DEFECTS CAUSED BY LEXAPRO
Studies have shown that woman who are pregnant and take SSRIs like Lexapro have an increased risk of delivering a child with birth defects. Some of the most commonly reported birth defects include:
- Aorta coarctation
- Heart defects
- Respiratory distress
- Transportation of the Great Arteries (TGA)
- Tertalogy of Fallout (TOF)
- Club foot
- Spina bifida
- Craniosynostosis (skull defect)
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
Lexapro has also been linked to causing Autism and other developmental defects in fetuses. A study conducted in 2015 by researchers at the University of Montreal revealed that woman who took SSRIs, like Lexapro, were 200 percent more likely to deliver an autistic child.
A study conducted in 2014 by John Hopkins University revealed that women who took SSRIs while pregnant were three times more likely to give birth to males diagnosed with autism.
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to inform those prescribed SSRIs of the dangers that the drugs possess. If you were prescribed Lexapro and your child was born with a birth defect, filing a Lexapro lawsuit is the best way to seek justice. Speak with one of our class action lawyers to learn more about how you can take legal action against the manufacturer of the drug.
FDA WARNING AGAINST LEXAPRO
Lexapro was first introduced into the market in 2002 and has been prescribed to millions of people. Since its release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has listed it as a category C medication for pregnant women. This means that studies conducted on animal subjects have shown Lexapro to cause harmful effects on fetuses.
In 2006, The FDA issued a public health advisory noting that Lexapro and other SSRIs can cause serious birth defects when taken during pregnancy.
The FDA has only approved the use of Lexapro for women who are pregnant if the benefits of the drug outweigh the possible side effects. If you were pregnant and prescribed Lexapro and you were not warned of the possible side effects Lexapro could cause to your child, you may be entitled to join a Lexapro lawsuit.
CONTACT OUR LEXAPRO LAWSUIT ATTORNEYS
The dangers that Lexapro poses to a developing fetus are extreme. Forest Laboratories has become the subject of a Lexapro lawsuit due to the dangerous side-effects the drug causes. The company has also received fines totaling over $300 million based on its past unethical practices.
Holding the manufacturer of a dangerous drug legally responsible for causing a defect in your newborn child is the best way to seek justice. The class action lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy have a history of taking the fight to companies that caused their consumers harm. We will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to determine if you are entitled to file a Lexapro lawsuit.