Pristiq Lawsuit

Pristiq side effects may result in injury lawsuits being filed by patients. Contact a Pristiq attorney to explore your compensation options.

Recent studies have established a potential connection between the use of certain antidepressant drugs in pregnancy and the development of major Pristiq birth defects among children. Pristiq is one of a group of antidepressant drugs called SNRIs, or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, which act upon the two neurotransmitters to relieve depression. Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) has been available in the United States since 2008, and is approved by the FDA for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Pristiq is currently manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which is a division of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Inc. Although Pristiq and other antidepressant drugs have become some of the most commonly prescribed medications on the market, these drugs may no longer be considered safe, especially when used in pregnancy. If you took Pristiq while pregnant and your child was born with a serious Pristiq side effect or birth defect, fill out the Pristiq Claim Review Form to discuss with a Pristiq attorney the benefits of filing a Pristiq lawsuit against Wyeth (Pfizer).

What Went Wrong With Pristiq

Although Pristiq and other SNRI antidepressants are newer than their counterparts, SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), and have proven to be slightly more effective in treating depression, serious doubts have been raised about the safety of these drugs, especially in treating pregnant women. In light of Pristiq's birth defect risk, the FDA has classified the antidepressant drug as a pregnancy category C medication, which means it has the potential to cause serious fetal harm when taken during pregnancy. Most birth defects occur during the first trimester of pregnancy, before many women are even aware they are pregnant. Because nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned, all women of childbearing age taking Pristiq may be at risk of unknowingly causing irreversible harm to their unborn child.

Pristiq Lawsuits for Side Effects

The FDA issued a public health advisory in 2006 warning patients and healthcare professionals about the increased risk of the birth defect PPHN among children exposed to certain antidepressant drugs during pregnancy. This FDA warning was based on the results of a New England Journal of Medicine study, in which researchers found an alarming six-times increased risk of PPHN among children whose mothers took certain antidepressant drugs after the twentieth week of pregnancy. According to researchers, up to twelve out of 1,000 exposed infants were born with PPHN, compared to the expected rate among the general population, which is one to two infants out of 1,000. PPHN, or persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, is a life-threatening heart and lung defect in which a child's circulation continues to bypass the lungs after birth, preventing the rest of the body from receiving the oxygen it needs to survive.

How a Pristiq Lawsuit Can Help You

If you took Pristiq during pregnancy and your child has suffered from a severe side effect, contact a Pristiq lawyer, as your child may be entitled to lifetime care. You may have grounds to file a Pristiq lawsuit against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (Pfizer) in order to seek financial compensation for your child's injuries, the medical cost of treating your child's injuries, and the pain and suffering endured by your child and your family. The main goal of Pristiq lawsuits is to help victims of potential Pristiq side effects protect their rights and hold the allegedly negligent drug company liable for their injuries. Pristiq attorneys are experienced in defective drug litigation and can help guide injured victims through the process of filing an injury claim.

How to File a Pristiq Lawsuit

The birth defects potentially linked to Pristiq are severe and can significantly alter an affected individual's quality of life. If you or a loved one has suffered from a side effect and you believe Pristiq to be the cause, fill out the Pristiq Claim Review Form to discuss your claim with an experienced Pristiq attorney. Drug companies like Wyeth (Pfizer) are responsible for the safety of their medications, and should be held accountable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. Unfortunately, some pharmaceutical companies intentionally conceal the more serious side effects of their drugs in an attempt to make their product more appealing to the public. This deceptive practice puts millions of consumers at risk of suffering serious injury and possibly even death. By hiring a Pristiq lawyer and filing a Pristiq lawsuit against Wyeth (Pfizer), victims of Pristiq side effects can collect the compensation they deserve and bring attention to the potentially harmful nature of the antidepressant Pristiq.

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