As patients, we trust the medications prescribed by our physicians will help us. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies frequently violate this trust by manufacturing drugs that have not been adequately tested, don’t include proper warnings and labels, and cause serious side effects. While all patients are susceptible to the risks of dangerous drugs, pregnant women are particularly vulnerable because some drugs can permanently harm their unborn babies.
From anti-depressants to anti-seizure medications, many drugs can prove harmful to pregnant women and their babies. Unborn children are susceptible to harm in utero as they develop, and dangerous medications could cause lifelong difficulties or disorders. If a child has suffered birth defects as a result of a medication taken by the mother during pregnancy, there may be grounds for compensation.
Common Prescription Drug Birth Defects
Various medications can cause many types of birth defects and side effects, which can vary depending on exactly when the drugs were taken during the pregnancy. Some of the most common birth defects that the birth defect lawyers at Blizzard Law PLLC handle include:
- Congenital heart defects and anomalies
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
- Down syndrome
- Spina bifida
- Cleft lip or cleft palate
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Cranial birth defects like Anencephaly or Craniosynostosis
Current Birth Defects Litigation
The birth defects lawyers at Blizzard Law PLLC are diligently working on birth defects litigation involving the following medications:
This anti-depressant and SSRI has been linked to serious birth defects, such as shortened or absent limbs, malformed lips or mouth, and heart defects.
This anti-depressant drug was aggressively marketed, to the point that the Justice Department charged the company for pushing the drug toward teenagers and children, for whom the drug was not approved. Lexapro carries the potential for serious side effects, including birth defects.
This anti-nausea medication is often prescribed to pregnant women, but it creates an increased risk of heart defects, cleft lip, and cleft palate developing in babies in utero.
Birth Defects Lawsuit Attorneys
There are few things as devastating as unborn children suffering from the side effects of prescription medications in utero. If your child was born with a birth defect and you suspect a prescription medication was to blame, immediately contact the birth defects lawsuit attorneys at Blizzard Law PLLC today. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options.