News Release – South Texas Law Firm Assisting Children and their Families with Anti-depressant-related Birth Defects

The Barrera Law Firm, based in Harlingen, TX, is assisting Texas children who were born with birth defects due to mothers taking an antidepressant such as Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Prozac, Effexor and Celexa during pregnancy.

The Drugs
These drugs, usually called SSRIs, have been commonly prescribed to pregnant women and are associated with causing various birth defects in new born children. The most common defects are heart, lung or cranial defects, cleft lip or palate and club foot. “It is extremely troubling,” stated Ricardo Barrera, head of the firm, “that pregnant women have trusted in the manufacturers of these drugs to provide a safe and tested product only to find out that their children are now paying the heavy price.”

The Studies
In the recent past, the British Medical Journal published a study that infants born to women who were treated with SSRIs in late pregnancy carried twice the increased risk of a specific heart defect than infants born to women not on SSRIs. And the FDA, as early as 2005, issued a warning that Paxil, a prominent SSRI, “increases the risk for birth defects, particularly heart defects, when women take it during the first three months.”

The Help
It is sometimes difficult for qualified individuals to come forward but they may be entitled to compensation to offset the costly past and future expenses which can be associated with cases like these,” said Barrera. The companies involved need to be sent a strong message that their careless and dangerous products will not be tolerated,” he concluded.

Interested parties may contact the firm at (956) 428-2822 or on our contact page to see if they qualify.

Pharmaceutical Litigation Lawyer

Birth defectsMillions of people swallow prescription drugs daily in the U.S., and many have lost their lives as a result. At the Barrera Law Firm, we are well-versed in what it takes to get justice for those harmed by pharmaceutical products and we have the dedication it takes to see your case through to the finish.

Infant Death and Birth Defect Cases

At the Barrera Firm we are continually helping more and more clients who have had a baby or child injured or killed by certain psychoactive medications. Birth defects, seizures, problems with pre-term labor, delayed infant development, increases in “SIDS” and heart defects and PPHN or Primary Pulmonary Hypertension of the Neonate are all becoming increasingly common among today’s children as the number of women taking psychiatric drugs during pregnancy has risen.

Tragically, many mothers were not given access to accurate risk information from drug companies before their doctors prescribed what was once considered “safe” for nursing moms to help with Post-Partum Depression or Anxiety. These medications can seriously put nursing infants and babies from future pregnancies at risk. It has even become common for doctors to try to prevent certain psychiatric conditions by giving prescription psychiatric drugs to pregnant mothers, and it is the babies who have suffered the most.

Yet, drug makers have known longer than they have let on that these risks existed and they chose not to tell the public about many of the dangers.

Even if your case seems impossible you should investigate until you get answers. No child’s death or birth defect should be excused where the multi-billion dollar drug companies are concerned. We will help you obtain justice for your child.

Suicide and Wrongful Death

In 2004 the FDA began warning patients that certain antidepressants can cause suicide. A warning about homicidal ideation was later added to some drug labels. If you have lost a loved one to suicide or violence you feel may have been caused by a psychiatric drug, you may have a case. Call us at (956) 428-2822 to have your situation evaluated.

Having trouble finding a lawyer?

Many attorneys won’t take a case against a drug manufacturer unless it is an open-and-shut, easy win that will bring a quick settlement. Even if you’ve been turned away by other lawyers in the past, that does not mean your case has no merit. It could be that the lawyer you consulted was looking for a very specific type of client, or did not have adequate knowledge of drug side effects to understand the theories necessary to win your case. Do not give up! Call us for a case evaluation at (956) 428-2822.

Effexor Birth Defects and Infant Deaths

Pregnant woman with pillsApproximately one-third of pregnant women in the U.S. take psychotropic drugs during pregnancy, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Many of these women also breastfeed their babies while on antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and even antipsychotic drugs.

One of the most popular drugs for depression is the brand-name drug Effexor (venlafaxine), a combination SSRI/SNRI which has been shown to be present in breast milk at up to 5 times the rate of concentration in mother’s blood. Due to the risks to the baby, the manufacturer has placed a cursory warning against use during pregnancy and breastfeeding on the drug’s label.0

But that does not mean that if you have a child with a birth defect or a child whose death could have been caused by Effexor – that you have no claim.

These are some of the problems associated with the use of Effexor and other SSRIs / SNRI antidepressants during pregnancy:

Pharmaceutical manufacturer liability can often be based on an inadequate warning to the end consumer or the medical professional prescribing the drug to women. Deceptive, off-label marketing of psychiatric drugs to pregnant and nursing mothers takes many forms. Itcan often include scholarly studies bought and paid-for by pharmaceutical companies to convince doctors that the drugs are safe, even though the FDA has never approved them for pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Stronger warnings are needed to ensure that babies and mothers remain safe from toxic and deadly medications all too often regarded by health care professionals and consumers alike as “benign.”

As much as it is confusing for mothers looking for accurate information, you can be sure that a drug company rep has tried to convince your doctor or midwife that the so-called benefits of Effexor to you outweigh the risks for your baby. But nobody cares more about your baby than you do, and nobody cares more about making the pharmaceutical companies account for their wrongdoing than grieving parents. The Barrera Law Firm, PC is here to help you through what is going to be the most trying time in your life if you have suffered at the hands of the pharmaceutical companies.

Although the label for Effexor is constantly changing, the law changes as well, and you may have a claim – even if you have been told before that your case is too difficult. Contact The Barrera Law Firm, PC at 956 428 2822 to find out if your case can be pursued against Pfizer/Wyeth, makers of Effexor.