Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who take a certain class of antidepressant during the first few months of pregnancy are two to three times as likely to have a baby born with a heart defect. If you or a loved one has taken an antidepressant and your child is suffering from a birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation.
Celexa and the Potential for Birth Defects
Celexa is part of a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). There are several birth defects associated with the use of these drugs during the first few months of pregnancy. If you or a loved one has taken an SSRI antidepressant like Celexa during the first few months of pregnancy and had a child with any of the following birth defects please call our firm:
- Atrial and ventricular septal defects
- Primary pulmonary hypertension
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Heart murmur
- Omphalocele (a rare hernia)
- Spina bifida
- Club foot
- Anal atresia
- Limb Reduction Defects
Forest Labs Agreed to Pay $313 Million to Settle Off-Label Marketing Claims
In 2010, The New York Times reported that Forest Laboratories, the makers of Celexa, agreed to pay $313 million to settle civil and criminal claims against the company for its alleged off-label marketing of the drug. Off-label marketing is promoting uses of a drug that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this instance Forest was accused of marketing the drug for use in children when the FDA had only approved its use for treating depression in adults.
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FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding SSRI Antidepressants
In 2011, the FDA issued a safety communication regarding the use of SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy and the potential risk of a rare heart and lung condition called Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN). The communication states that because there are conflicting reports evaluating the risk of SSRI use during pregnancy, it is unclear whether or not SSRI use during pregnancy can cause PPHN.
SSRI Drug Manufacturers
There are numerous pharmaceutical companies who manufacture and distribute SSRI antidepressants. These companies include: Forest Laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, and Pfizer. SSRI antidepressants have combined for billions of dollars in sales for these companies over the years.
Eligible for a Celexa Lawsuit?
Kyros Law Group is dedicated to those who have been affected by Celexa. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to Celexa, then call us immediately at 1-800-884-6335. You will get a FREE & IMMEDIATE consult regarding your potential Celexa claim. You may be entitled to compensation, so do not delay. Your time to file a claim may be limited.
Do not stop taking these drugs without first speaking to your doctor