Effexor Birth Defect Lawyers

Effexor.The Effexor birth defect lawyers at our St. Louis-area dangerous drug law firm are now meeting with families that believe their child’s birth defect may be attributed to the antidepressant Effexor.  Manufactured by Pfizer, Effexor (venlafaxine) was FDA approved to treat depression and other mood disorders in 2004 and has since been prescribed to millions of Americans.  Unfortunately, it has been found that when women use Effexor during pregnancy they are at a greater risk for having a child born with a serious birth defect.

A number of families have made the decision to file Effexor birth defect lawsuits in order to hold Pfizer accountable for their negligence in making and manufacturing what they believe is a dangerous drug.  If you feel that your child’s birth defect may be linked to Effexor, you may be entitled to collect compensation from Pfizer.  The Effexor birth defect lawyers at our firm can help you learn more about your rights in a free legal consultation.

Contact us today for more information.  We offer:

  • A free, no-obligation case evaluation with an Effexor birth defect lawyer in the St. Louis or Metro-East Illinois area
  • No fee unless we win your case
  • Flexible appointments
  • Helping Effexor birth defect victims throughout the St. Louis area

Birth Defects and Effexor

The FDA issued its first Effexor birth defect warning in 2004, and the agency currently lists Effexor as belonging to Pregnancy Category C, which is reserved for drugs that may have had negative effects during animal testing but have not been tested in a similar manner on humans.  A number of scientific studies have shown a link between Effexor and very serious birth defects, including:

  • PPHN
  • Craniosynostosis and other skull malformations
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Omphalocele and other intestinal malformations
  • Spina bifida and other neural tube defects
  • Ventricular or Atrial septal heart defects
  • Valve problems
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Tricuspid valve stenosis
  • Tricuspid valve (Ebstein's Anomaly)
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Transposition of the great vessels (TGV)
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Pulmonary atresia (PA)
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Lung defects
  • Limb malformations
  • Hypoplastic right heart syndrome (HRHS)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Heart murmur
  • Genital malformations
  • Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
  • Esophageal Stenosis
  • Double outlet right ventricle
  • Double inlet left ventricle
  • Double aortic arch
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Clubfoot
  • Cleft palate
  • Cleft lip
  • Bone malformations
  • Autism
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Anencephaly
  • Anal atresia

In addition to these birth defects, a Danish study released in 2010 found that infants born to mothers who used Effexor while pregnant are at a higher risk for developmental delays and learning problems.

Miscarriages and Effexor

In many cases, miscarriages are the result of essential organs that do not form properly during gestation.  In a study released by the Canadian Medical Association Journal in May 2010, researchers at the University of Montreal concluded that women who use Effexor and similar antidepressants while pregnant have a much higher risk of suffering a miscarriage than women who did not use antidepressants while expecting.  The researchers found that women who use Effexor or related antidepressants during pregnancy have a 68% higher risk of miscarriage, and they also found that Effexor is one of the antidepressants that carries the highest risk of miscarriage.

Effexor Birth Defect Lawsuits

The Effexor birth defect lawyers at our firm are highly experienced in dangerous drug litigation and have the resources and experience needed to build a strong Effexor birth defect lawsuit case.  In Effexor birth defect lawsuits, plaintiffs can claim that Pfizer was negligent in the following ways:

  • They failed to closely monitor literature about Effexor risks and birth defects
  • Pfizer did not conduct a thorough investigation into the accuracy of Effexor warning labels after being made aware of the potential for Effexor birth defects
  • Pfizer had access to studies showing a correlation between Effexor and certain birth defects
  • Pfizer did not adequately warn of the risk of birth defects with Effexor usage

In an Effexor birth defect lawsuit, victims and their families can recover compensation for financial and emotional damages such as medical bills, the cost of prescription drugs, and pain and suffering.  Moreover, they can hold Pfizer accountable for their gross negligence and increase awareness of Effexor birth defects in the hopes of preventing them in the future.

Contact an Effexor Birth Defect Lawyer

In many cases, mothers and fathers feel that they were not properly warned of the risk of Effexor birth defects.  If this is the case and you believe your child’s birth defect may be linked to Effexor use during pregnancy, it is in your best interests to contact an Effexor birth defect lawyer to learn more about your rights.  For more information about Effexor birth defects and Effexor lawsuits, contact us in St. Louis or Metro-East Illinois today for a free consultation.