Research shows that mothers who take certain anti-depressants, such as Pristiq, during pregnancy increase the risk of their baby being born with a serious birth defect.
Pristiq (generic: desvenlafaxine) is an antidepressant that belongs to a category of drugs called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Approved for use by the FDA in 2008, Pristiq is manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. SNRIs are similar to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are anti-depressants that have been linked by the New England Journal of Medicine and the British Medical Journal to birth defects, including:
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Serious Heart Defects
- Anencephaly (fatal neural tube defect)
- Craniosynostosis (craniofacial defect)
- Omphalocele (abdominal wall defect)
- Gastroschisis (abdominal wall defect)
- Spina Bifida (neural tube defect)
- Diaphragmatic Hernia (abdominal defect)
- Esophageal Atresia (narrowing of the esophagus)
Your Baby’s Rights
If your baby was born with a congenital defect that may have been caused by exposure to Pristiq or another anti-depressant before birth, your family deserves financial compensation. Although no amount of money will change what happened to your baby, compensation will help offset the current and future medical costs, as well as provide for the pain and suffering you and your baby have experienced.
Filing a claim will also teach the manufacturers of unsafe medications that it is unacceptable to not warn parents of the risks associated with these drugs, including serious birth defects. Your suit may even prevent other families from suffering as yours has, by forcing the pharmaceutical company to change their drug’s label to warn parents of the potential risks.
You may be eligible for compensation to ease the financial burdens associated with your baby’s injury. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, during which we will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal rights and options. If you choose us to represent you, we will work with you on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing until we have secured compensation for you, either through a jury verdict or settlement.