Lawsuits are claiming that Lexapro side effects cause birth defects and other serious complications. The drug’s maker is alleged to have marketed the drug as safe and effective despite knowledge of studies suggesting serious risks for use during pregnancy. Affected families may be eligible to seek compensation by filing a Lexapro lawsuit.
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Claim: Drug Maker Failed to Warn of Known Lexapro Side Effects
Twelve lawsuits filed in West Virginia allege that Lexapro, which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor prescribed to treat anxiety and depression, can cause serious birth defects if it is used during pregnancy. According to The West Virginia Record, the plaintiffs claim that the company that develops and sells Lexapro, Forest Pharmaceuticals Inc., had prior reason to believe that the drug could cause birth defects. However, it is alleged that the drug maker failed to disclose this risk to patients through appropriate warning labels or other measures. Forest Research Institute and Forest Laboratories Inc. were also named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuits claim that studies conducted before and after Lexapro was publicly marketed suggested that the use of the drug during pregnancy could raise the risk of birth defects. Despite these findings, the drug’s manufacturer specifically marketed Lexapro as safe for use during childbearing years and even during pregnancy. The plaintiffs claim that the defendants failed to warn them of the dangers of severe Lexapro side effects, and were also negligent and caused them to suffer emotional stress. According to the lawsuits, the infants sustained congenital heart defects and other bodily injuries. Given this alleged misconduct, the plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgement interest, the website reported.
Affected Families May Be Entitled to Compensation
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are accompanied by full and accurate instructions and warnings to guide prescribing doctors and other health care providers in making treatment decisions. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
The parents of children who were born with birth defects linked to Lexapro side effects may be entitled to compensation for damages, including the child’s:
- Medical expenses
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Scarring or physical deformities caused by the birth defect or treatment
If a child died due to birth defects linked to severe Lexapro side effects, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of their child prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a child
- Funeral expenses
Families affected by Lexapro side effects are encouraged to seek the advice of a Lexapro birth defect lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
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