Drug Side Effects Cause Birth Defect Anencephaly . Have you lost a baby to Anencephaly? Anencephaly is a devastating, fatal birth defect in which part of a child’s brain and skull are absent. ‘Anencephaly’ can result from many factors, but research has linked Anenecephaly to the fertility drug, Clomid, as well as Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants, either right before or during pregnancy.
Losing a child to ‘Anencephaly’ is traumatic, and little can make up for your loss. But if your baby’s Anencephaly was caused by a drug like Clomid, or an antidepressant such as Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, or Lexapro, you can make sure the pharmaceutical company responsible is held accountable. The defective drug lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP, LLP know how devastating ‘Anencephaly’ is for an entire family, and we will do everything possible to get retribution for those harmed by negligent drug companies. The Anencephaly lawyers at our firm offer free lawsuit consultations to the victims of Clomid and SSRI antidepressants. To learn how they can help your family, we urge you to contact us today completing our online form or calling us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
‘Anencephaly’, which occurs in 1 in 10,000 births, is one of the most common neural tube defects. It occurs early in fetal development, when the upper part of the neural tube fails to close. The condition is marked by:
- Absence of the skull
- Absence of the brain (cerebral hemispheres and cerebellum)
- Facial feature abnormalities
- Heart defects
‘Anencephaly’ is often discovered before birth, forcing parents to make difficult decisions. When a child is born with Anencephaly, death follows within a matter of hours or days. Possible causes of ‘Anencephaly’ include environmental toxins and low intake of folic acid by the mother during pregnancy. Taking certain drugs may also cause this birth defect. For instance, in July 2008, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that its National Birth Defects Study had found an association between Clomid and an increased risk of certain birth defects, including a 170% increased risk of ‘Anencephaly’.
Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and other SSRI antidepressants have also been associated with Anencephaly. For example, a 2007 study published in the Harvard School of Public Health found that ‘Anencephaly’ was one of three neural tube defects most often associated with a mother’s use of an SSRI antidepressant. Like the Clomid study, this research also drew on data from the CDC’s National Birth Defect’s study.
Anencephaly Birth Defect Victims – Legal Help
If you lost your baby to Anencephaly, and you believe a medication like Clomid or an SSRI antidepressant could be to blame, you have valuable legal rights. To learn how our Anencephaly birth defect lawyers can help you and your family, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.