Effexor Pregnancy Risks Resulted in Children Nationwide Born with Heart Problems

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By Harvey Kirk
Posted July 24, 2013

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A growing number of families are pursuing Effexor lawsuits after learning that birth defects suffered by their children, often involving heart malformations, may have been caused by the use of the popular antidepressant during pregnancy. If information had been provided for women and the medical community about the potential Effexor pregnancy risks, children may have been able to avoid these serious heart problems.

The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential cases for children born with health issues that may have been caused by side effects of Effexor. Free consultations and claim evaluations are provided by our law firm, and there are never any fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.

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Effexor has been on the market since 1993 and has been used by millions of women. It is a blockbuster drug, which generated more than $2 billion a year in sales before it became available as a generic in 2006.

Originally a Wyeth drug, Pfizer acquired the rights to the medication when the pharmaceutical giant bought Wyeth in 2009. Increasing evidence suggests that neither Wyeth nor Pfizer have adequately warned women about the potential pregnancy risks when taking Effexor.

Research has indicated that the drug could significantly increase the risk of cardiac defects for children exposed to the medication during pregnancy. The studies also suggest that increased levels of serotonin could cause serious side effects on the pre-natal development.

Many families are now pursuing legal action against the drug makers, alleging that had they known about the Effexor risks they never would have used the medication while pregnant. If adequate warnings had been provided for users and the medical community, women may have taken steps to make sure they did not become pregnant while taking Effexor or elected to follow a different course of treatment to avoid the risk of heart problems and malformations for their unborn children.

Individual injury lawsuits and potential Effexor class action suits are being evaluated by the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. on behalf of children throughout the United States who have been born with serious health problems that may be caused pregnancy use of Effexor by the mother. All cases are handled under a contingency fee agreement, so there are no attorney fees or expenses paid to our law firm unless we are successful obtaining a financial recovery for the child.

To review a potential case, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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