Effexor Birth Defect Attorneys
Currently, our Effexor birth defect lawsuit attorneys are helping families whose babies were born with serious birth defects after their mothers took Effexor during pregnancy. Effexor (venlafaxine) is manufactured by Pfizer and was approved for the treatment of depression and other mood disorders by the FDA in 2004 . Effexor has been prescribed to millions of Americans since then. When women take Effexor during pregnancy, they face a dramatically increased risk of giving birth to a child with a serious or even fatal congenital birth defect.
Our Effexor birth defect lawyers are assisting a number of families with children who suffer from Effexor birth defects, and many of these families have decided to file Effexor birth defect lawsuits to pursue compensation and to hold negligent drug manufacturers responsible. If you took Effexor during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a serious birth defect or suffered a miscarriage, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Our Effexor birth defect lawyers can help you pursue the Effexor birth defect settlement to which you are entitled.
Call us today at 1-888-554-2889 for more information. We offer:
- A free, no-obligation Effexor birth defect claim evaluation
- No fee unless we win your case
- Flexible appointments
- Helping Effexor birth defect victims Nationwide
Effexor Birth Defects
Effexor was approved for use in the U.S. in 2004, and the first Effexor birth defect warning was issued by the FDA in 2005. The FDA lists Effexor as a drug that belongs to Pregnancy Category C, which means that Effexor may have had negative effects when tested on animal fetuses, but that it has not been tested in the same way in humans. However, scientific studies have definitively linked Effexor with a higher risk of birth defects, such as:
- Anal atresia
- Aortic stenosis
- Bone malformations
- Cleft lip
- Cleft palate
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Craniosynostosis and other skull malformations
- Double aortic arch
- Double inlet left ventricle
- Double outlet right ventricle
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Genital malformations
- Heart murmur
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic right heart syndrome (HRHS)
- Limb malformations
- Lung defects
- Mitral valve prolapse
- Omphalocele and other intestinal malformations
- Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
- Pulmonary atresia (PA)
- Pulmonary stenosis
- Spina bifida and other neural tube defects
- Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
- Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
- Transposition of the great vessels (TGV)
- Tricuspid atresia
- Tricuspid valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
- Tricuspid valve stenosis
- Truncus arteriosus
- Valve problems
- Ventricular or Atrial septal heart defects
Not all Effexor birth defects can be seen with the eyes. In 2010, a Danish research study showed that infants born to mothers who took Effexor during pregnancy have a higher risk of developmental delays and learning problems.
In a study published in May 2010 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, scientists at the University of Montreal found that women who use antidepressants like Effexor during pregnancy are at a significantly higher risk of having a miscarriage than women who did not take antidepressants during pregnancy. In fact, researchers found that women who use Effexor and similar antidepressants have a 68 percent higher rate of miscarriage. Study scientists also found that Effexor is one of the antidepressants that carries the highest risk of miscarriage.
In many cases, miscarriages are the result of essential organ malformations. Our Effexor birth defect lawsuit attorneys are familiar with cases where babies were born with severe malformations and birth defects after their mothers used Effexor during pregnancy, including skull malformations, abdominal wall defects, club foot, cleft lip, and cleft palate.
Effexor Birth Defect Lawsuits
Across the United States, Effexor birth defect lawsuits are being filed, based on the grounds that the drug manufacturer was negligent in its duty to provide a safe drug with clear and complete warnings about any and all side effects. Our dangerous drug attorneys can base an Effexor birth defect lawsuit on the following grounds:
- Pfizer had access to proven scientific evidence and a number of medical studies that linked Effexor to a higher likelihood of congenital birth defects
- Pfizer failed in its responsibility to warn of the severe birth defect side effects associated with Effexor
- The drug manufacturer failed to conduct an in-depth investigation into the accuracy of the Effexor warning label once they were alerted to the safety issues associated with the drug
- Pfizer did not fully monitor literature about Effexor birth defects and side effects
We understand that an Effexor birth defect is not just about the money, and that there is no compensation that can make up for your child’s compromised health. In addition to money that can help you ensure the best care for your child, an Effexor birth defect lawsuit is the best way to ensure that Pfizer is held accountable for their gross negligence and to educate the public about the very real risk of Effexor birth defects.
Contact an Effexor Birth Defect Lawsuit Attorney
If you or a loved one gave birth to a child with a birth defect after taking Effexor during pregnancy, you may be entitled to pursue compensation in an Effexor birth defect settlement. Attorneys at our pharmaceutical product liability law firm have years of experience in dangerous drug litigation, and we have the resources and knowledge you need to build a strong case. For more information about Effexor birth defect lawsuits, contact our Effexor lawyers to schedule a free legal consultation. We will answer your questions and explain your legal rights.