Lawyers for Effexor Birth Defect Lawsuits
The Effexor lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential birth defect lawsuits for children born with heart problems or malformations that may be caused by side effects of Effexor use during pregnancy.
As a result of inadequate warnings provided to consumers and the medical community, many women have been given the popular antidepressant while pregnant, which may have unknowingly exposed their unborn child to an increased risk of serious health problems, including:
- Septal Heart Defects
- Heart Problems
- Malformations or Abnormal Development
Although it appears that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the potential Effexor pregnancy risks, information may have been withheld. Through an Effexor lawsuit, financial compensation may be available for children born with severe birth defects or heart malformations. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Effexor Heart Defect Problems
Effexor (venlafaxine) is an antidepressant manufactured and sold by Pfizer, which is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Based on emerging information and evidence, it appears that Pfizer placed their desire for profits before consumer safety by failing to provide adequate warnings about the risk of Effexor side effects from use by pregnant women.
The medication is part of a class of antidepressants known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), which are similar to a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which includes the blockbuster drugs Zoloft and Paxil.
An increasing number of families are now discovering that birth defects or malformations suffered by their child may be caused by Effexor exposure during pregnancy.
Septal heart defects from Effexor are one of the most commonly reported problems. This involves holes in the wall between the two sides of the heart.
This heart defect from Effexor may allow blood to flow between the two sides, reducing the heart’s efficiency, and in some case placing the child’s life in danger.
In many cases, the child must undergo heart surgery to repair the damage and may face medical complications for the rest of their lives.
It appears that information obtained from animal testing before Effexor was introduced on the market, as well as adverse event reports submitted after it was introduced, should have provided Pfizer with the information necessary to provide warnings about the Effexor birth defect risks.
Withholding this information prevented pregnant women or women of childbearing age from making an informed decision about whether to use Effexor, unknowingly exposing their unborn child to a risk of birth defects and life-changing health problems.
Effexor Class Action Lawyers
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are evaluating potential Effexor class action lawsuits as well as individual Effexor birth defect cases for families of children born with septal heart defects or other health problems that may have been caused by side effects of the antidepressant.
Free consultations and claim evaluations are provided to help families determine if their child may be entitled to Effexor settlement benefits to help cover the life-time of medical expenses that may have been caused by exposure to the drug during pregnancy.
Lawsuits will be handled by our Effexor lawyers on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no out of pocket expenses and we receive no fee unless we win and obtain compensation for the Effexor birth malformation or defect. It is important that families review any potential Effexor suit for their child as early as possible, as every claim does have a statute of limitations, which may require that a complaint be filed by a certain date.