Many popular antidepressants including Wellbutrin have been linked to variety of severe birth defects including Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN), heart, lung, abdominal and cranial defects.
Wellbutrin Update 7/2/12: The U.K.’s largest drugmaker announced today that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Government and a number of states to conclude several massive federal investigations involving Paxil, Avandia and Wellbutrin. In total, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will make payments totaling $3 billion, which will reportedly be covered by existing provisions and funded through existing cash resources. Click here to learn more.
Wellbutrin Birth Defects Update 5/30/12: A new study suggests that women who take SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely, or have babies who have seizures shortly after being born. The research found that expecting mothers who filled two or three prescriptions during their second trimester tended to have babies that stayed in the womb four to five days less than other babies. Click here to learn more.
Wellbutrin Update 3/23/12: In addition to having the potential to cause serious birth defects in babies born to mothers who take the drugs during pregnancy, SSRI antidepressants like Wellbutrin have also been found in a new study to increase the risk of high blood pressure in pregnant women. The research indicates that SSRIs may increase the risk of hypertension beyond that what could be attributed to the depression and anxiety that likely drove the women to take the drugs in the first place. Click here to learn more.
Free Wellbutrin Birth Defects Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has taken Wellbutrin and given birth to a child with birth defects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Wellbutrin lawsuit and we can help.
Wellbutrin Lawsuit Update: Schmidt & Clark, LLP continues to be contacted by a large number of mothers, fathers and family members of babies born with birth defects directly related to the use of Wellbutrin during pregnancy. It is important to remember that you are not alone, and the birth defects that your child was born with are not your fault.
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to warn patients and doctors of the known risks in taking medications while pregnant. When drug manufacturers fail to warn consumers, they must be held accountable. The filing of a Wellbutrin lawsuit will never heal the emotional devastation of knowing that your child’s birth defect could have been prevented, however it can assist you and your family in the paying of medical bills, covering future healthcare costs and give you the satisfaction of knowing that you/we will not stand by and let a giant pharmaceutical company put their profits over the safety of American consumers and their families.
Michael E. Schmidt, Managing Partner of Schmidt & Clark, LLP, has stated, “Our law firm has represented thousands of victims in pharmaceutical side effect and recall lawsuit. However, as a father of four, this particular litigation [Wellbutrin birth defects] really strikes home. We intend to passionately represent the children and families affected by the manufacturer’s inability to warn the mothers of the potential for Wellbutrin induced birth defects when taking this drug while pregnant.”
What’s the problem?
The results of a recent medical study suggests that there may be an increased risk of heart birth defects from Wellbutrin when the drug is taken during pregnancy. U.S. researchers and scientists at the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) published the study in the April, 2010 edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The study looked at 12,700 children born in the U.S. between 1997 & 2004, and found that mothers who used Wellbutrin during their first trimester were more than twice as likely to give birth to an infant with a congenital heart defect known as a left outflow tract defect. This defect can restrict the flow of blood to the rest of the body from the heart’s left chambers, and often must be surgically corrected to allow the child’s main artery to function properly.
Wellbutrin (bupropion HCI) was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 1985, and is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The drug was pulled from the market later that year due to the high number of seizures associated with its side effects, but was reintroduced in 1989 after federal reviewers determined that the seizures were dose specific and lowered the daily dosage of the drug.
Wellbutrin and Autism
Wellbutrin and other SSRIs have been linked to autism in children born to mothers who took the drugs while pregnant. A June 2011 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that women who took an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy were twice as likely to give birth to a child with autism than mothers who did not. Taking these figures into consideration, the results of the study seem to suggest a strong link between SSRIs and autism.
Birth Defects Linked to Antidepressants – What Type of Wellbutrin Lawsuits Are Being Filed?
Our lawyers are filing Wellbutrin lawsuits for injured individuals and families for the following life-threatening birth defects that have been linked to the use of Wellbutrin and other antidepressants:
- Atrial Septal Defects (ASD)
- Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD)
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
- Mitral Valve Prolapse
- Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA)
- Transposition of the Great Vessels (TGV)
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Aortic Stenosis
- Pulmonary Atresia (PA)
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Truncus Arteriosus
- Tricuspid Valve Stenosis
- Heart Murmur
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Gastroschisis – abdominal wall defect
- Esophageal Stenosis
- Anal Atresia
- Spina Bifida
Do I have a Wellbutrin Birth Defects Lawsuit?
The Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Wellbutrin lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Wellbutrin birth defect lawsuits in all 50 states.
Our Wellbutrin lawyers have decades of experience and the resources you need to effectively hold the manufacturers of Wellbutrin responsible for their failure to warn expectant mothers of the risks in taking Wellbutrin while pregnant.
The initial steps in filing a Wellbutrin lawsuit are simple. First, it is important to understand that our law firm works on a contingency basis, which means that we do not charge for our legal services unless we file and successfully receive a settlement or verdict on your behalf. So, if you or a loved one has taken Wellbutrin while pregnant and given birth to a child with a congenital birth defect, you should contact us immediately for a free confidential evaluation of your potential lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Wellbutrin lawsuit and we can help.