Research indicates that the risk of congenital heart defects increases for babies whose mothers took certain antidepressants, such as Wellbutrin, during pregnancy.
Wellbutrin (generic: bupropion hydrochloride) belongs to a class of antidepressants called norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs). Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Wellbutrin was approved by the FDA in 1985 to treat major depression. Recently, Wellbutrin use during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of congenital heart defects including:
Wellbutrin Linked to Birth Defects
The use of Wellbutrin and other drugs containing bupropion may lead to a more than doubled risk of the baby developing left outflow tract heart defects, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. These cardiac birth defects include hypoplastic left heart syndrome and coarctation of the aorta.
Your Baby’s Rights
If your baby was born with a congenital heart defect that may have been caused by exposure to Wellbutrin or another anti-depressant before birth, your family deserves financial compensation. Although no amount of money can 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.