Effexor Birth Defects
Effexor is an antidepressant developed by Wyeth pharmaceuticals and currently sold by Pfizer. Effexor is the brand name of venlafaxine, which is an SNRI-type antidepressant. While the effectiveness of antidepressants in general continues to be debated, Effexor is just the latest in a long line of antidepressants that have been demonstrated to have severe side effects.
Effexor, Pfizer and Birth Defects
In the case of Effexor, these side effects include a much increased risk of miscarriage and a number of severe birth defects. As a widely-prescribed antidepressant, thousands of women and families across the nation are now having to live with the consequences of this dangerous drug's harmful side effects.
Effexor in the News
- First-Trimester Use of Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors and the Risk of Birth Defects
- Confessions of a drug rep with an M.D. in the drug-marketing juggernaut
- Doctors, Legislators Resist Drugmakers' Prying Eyes
- FDA Announces 10 Drugs With Severe Birth Defect Warnings
- Antidepressant, talk therapy fail to beat placebo
- Miscarriage Risk with Use of Antidepressants During Pregnancy
- The safety of newer antidepressants in pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Use of antidepressants during pregnancy and the risk of spontaneous abortion
- Women given antidepressant that can cause birth defects
Pfizer has come under scrutiny for its aggressive marketing techniques and heavy push to get doctors to prescribe Effexor. Pfizer was even warned by the FDA of misleading advertising.
Effexor was first linked with an increased risk of miscarriage when taken by pregnant women. But information soon began appearing that linked Effexor to problems even for women who successfully carried their children to term.
Evidence soon began emerging that linked Effexor to a number of severe and potentially fatal birth defects, including abdominal birth defects, anal atresia, limb defects and genital defects. The most common birth defect associated with Effexor is a heart defect which includes septal defects or “holes in the heart” and several other complex heart defects which can lead to surgery or even heart transplants.
Families who have had children born with these defects are now facing the painful experience and tremendous expense of having their children undergo corrective surgery, while the children themselves may now be faring a lifetime of special medical care.
Now, a growing number of families who have suffered because of the side effects of Effexor are seeking compensation for their injuries through filing lawsuits.
We can help you file an Effexor lawsuit. If you have had a child born with birth defects as a result of using Effexor, the law firm of Blizzard & Nabers has the knowledge and experience to assist you. For more than 25 years, our attorneys have successfully represented our clients and stood up for the rights of people harmed by dangerous drugs and pharmaceutical companies. We are a nationwide law firm serving clients from all over the country. We handle all cases on a contingency basis.
To learn more, or for a free case review from an experienced Effexor attorney, please contact us by email or call us at 1-800-349-0127.