Lawsuits for Effexor Pregnancy Side Effects
When used by pregnant women, side effects of Effexor may cause children to develop serious and potentially life-threatening birth defects and heart malformations.
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of children throughout the United States who have experienced serious health problems that may have been caused by exposure to the antidepressant before birth.
As a result of the drug maker’s failure to adequately warn about the potential Effexor birth defect side effects, financial compensation may be available for families who now face a life-time of medical expenses and health problems that could have been avoided if adequate information had been provided to the medical community or women using the antidepressant.
To determine if your family may be eligible for a Effexor injury benefits, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
Effexor Birth Defects and Malformations
Effexor (venlafaxine) is a member of a class of antidepressant known as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Other SNRIs include Cymbalta, Pristiq, Yentreve, Dalcipran Ixel and Savella. The class is similar in many ways to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIS), such as Paxil and Zoloft, which have previously been found to pose a potential risk of problems when used during pregnancy.
Originally developed by Wyeth and approved by the FDA in 1993, Effexor is now a Pfizer drug after the company absorbed Wyeth in 2009. It was a blockbuster drug before going generic in 2006, with sales that year of $2.25 billion.
Pfizer has promoted the medication as safe and effective, despite signs that indicate it may pose a potential risk for children born to women using Effexor. Studies have suggested a potential increased risk of cardiac defects and increased levels of serotonin may cause serious impact on the pre-natal development.
Potential birth defects that may be associated with Effexor side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Atrial Septal Defect
- Double-outlet Right Ventricle
- Ebsteinoid Tricuspid Valve
- Hypoplastic Aortic Arch
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
- Mild Morphologic Right Ventricular Hypoplasia
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Patent Foramen Ovale
- Perimembranous Ventricular Septal Defect
- Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
- Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
- Transposition of great arteries (TGA)
- Unbalanced AV Canal
- Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
Effexor Side Effects Lawsuits
According to allegations raised in a growing number of lawsuits brought by families throughout the United States, Pfizer and their Wyeth subsidiary placed the desire for profits before the health of consumers or their unborn children by failing to warn that Effexor may cause serious birth defects and malformations.
The attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and claim evaluations to help families determine if financial compensation may be available through an Effexor birth defect lawsuit.
All case are handled by our law firm on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no out-of-pocket expenses and there are no attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained.