Research has linked a broad array of devastating birth defects-congenital anomalies-to a mother’s use of certain medications during or right before pregnancy. Some of these medications include the fertility drug, Clomid, as well as Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants.
If your child was a victim of a medication side effect, filing a congenital anomaly lawsuit may allow you to obtain compensation to cover the cost of your child’s medical bills and therapy, as well as pain and suffering for your family. A congenital anomaly diagnosis may affect and traumatize your entire family. Worse, your child will most likely suffer from serious, lifelong difficulties. If your child has been diagnosed with a congenital anomaly that was result of a medication such as Clomid or an SSRI antidepressant like Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, or Lexapro, we can help you ensure the pharmaceutical firm responsible is held accountable.
The defective drug lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP, know how much pain a congenital anomaly diagnosis inflicts on a family, and we will do everything possible to secure retribution for those harmed by negligent drug companies. The congenital anomalies lawyers at our firm offer free lawsuit consultations to the victims of drugs like Clomid and SSRI antidepressants. To learn how they can help your family, we urge you to contact us today.
Congenital anomalies can create long-term, permanent, serious health problems that can involve a lifelong need for medication therapy, medical interventions and procedures, and medical care. Repeat surgical procedures; lifelong physical, speech, occupational, and behavioral therapy; and ongoing, permanent care in a facility might also be needed. These anomalies can also lead to other physical reactions. In some cases, there is no chance of survival after birth for developing babies diagnosed with a disastrous birth defect in the womb, forcing parents to face devastating pre-birth choices. In every case, the outcomes create untenable trauma and may lead to massive medical bills.
Congenital anomalies linked to the use of certain drugs, such as Clomid and SSRI antidepressants include:
- Anencephaly (open cranium lacking a brain).
- Craniosynostosis (premature fusion of skull bones)
- Genital Defects such as Hypospadias, Penoscrotal Hypospadias, and Anal Atresia (complete or partial anal closure)
- Spina Bifida
- Limb Reduction defects and other limb abnormalities such as Club Foot
- Cardiac birth defects: Pulmonary Stenosis, Atresia, Tricuspid Atresia, Aortic Stenosis. Hypoplastic Left Heart, and Conotruncal Defects (Transposition of the Great Arteries, Double Outlet Right Ventricle, and Tetralogy of Fallot)
- Abdominal Wall defects, such as Omphalacele (abdominal wall defect); Gastrointestinal defects; and Esophageal Atresia
- Neonatal Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)-in 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about an increased PPHN risk in babies born to woman taking SSRIs
A recent Harvard School of Public Health study revealed that the use of Clomid was linked to increased risks for congenital anomalies. Studies have also reported increased risk for Congenital Anomalies in the babies of mothers who have taken Clomid, such as a 280 percent increased risk of Craniosynostosis, a 10-fold increased risk for Spina Bifida, and a 50 percent increased risk of Penoscrotal Hypospadias. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study in which results were presented at the National Birth Defects Prevention Study revealed a 170 percent increased risk of Anencephaly, 140 percent increased risk of Limb Reduction defects, a 200 percent increased risk for Esophageal Atresia, and a 110 percent increased risk of Hypospadias in the babies of women who took Clomid.
Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and other SSRI antidepressants have been associated with increased risks for numerous birth defects when taken during pregnancy. Studies have also revealed increased or higher-than-average risks for birth defects; increased heart defect risks; and more than double the risk for left outflow tract defect, a specific heart defect.
Congenital Anomalies Victims – Legal Help
If your baby was born with a congenital anomaly and you believe Clomid or an SSRI antidepressant could be to blame, you have valuable legal rights. To learn how our congenital anomalies lawyers can help you and your family, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.