Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - The law firm of Onder, Shelton, O‘Leary & Peterson has created two new birth defects lawsuit websites offering information to parents of children born with birth defects after the mother took Celexa or Lexapro during pregnancy. The birth defect attorneys at the firm have recently received a large number of inquiries from mothers having taken Celexa or Lexapro during pregnancy and then gave birth to children with birth defects and wish to file a Lexapro birth defect lawsuit. The birth defects attributed to Lexapro have ranged from omphalocele, an abdominal birth defect, to cardiac birth defects such as holes in the heart, atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects and hypoplastic left heart syndrome, as well as infants born with persistent pulmonary hypertension. The FDA issued a safety warning regarding the increased risk of bearing a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension after the mother used antidepressants during pregnancy in 2004 which was then followed by a study in demonstrating this that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2006. The New England Journal of Medicine went on to publish the results of another study in 2007 showing that SSRI antidepressants may increase the risk of neural tube birth defects by 200%. The Lexapro label now contains information regarding the potential for heart birth defects in some cases where the antidepressant is taken during the first trimester. Other reported Lexapro birth defects have included club foot and spina bifida. Many of the birth defects alleged to have been caused by Lexapro are neural tube birth defects, affecting the tissue that grows into the spinal cord and brain, the most common of which is anencephaly, a birth defect that can result in missing portions of the skull, cerebral hemispheres or cerebellum portions of the brain.
Although a number of the birth defects reported may be corrected with surgery, often with a very good prognosis, others will require a lifetime of care and numerous surgeries. The Onder Law Firm‘s antidepressant birth defects websites deal specifically with antidepressant birth defects lawsuits, detailing which medical studies have found a link between birth defects and antidepressants, highlight the problems the drug‘s maker has had with government agencies and the legal options parents of a child with birth defects may have. The firm‘s antidepressant birth defects sites may be found at www.celexabirthdefectslawsuits.com and www.lexaprobirthdefectslawsuits.com.
The Onder Law Firm welcomes inquiries from law firms in regards to handling or working as co-counsel on claims of serious birth defects stemming from antidepressant use during pregnancy.