Twelve new lawsuits have been filed against Forest Pharmaceuticals in West Virginia Circuit Court on behalf of children who were allegedly born with birth defects after their mothers took Lexapro during pregnancy.
Free Lexapro Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one has been injured by Lexapro side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
June 25, 2015 – Plaintiffs were prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) and/or Celexa during pregnancy and gave birth to children with severe congenital defects, according to the lawsuits, which were filed in Cabell Circuit Court. The complaints maintain that Lexapro and Celexa both contain the same active ingredient, making them essentially the same medication.
Plaintiffs allege that Forest knew or should have known about the drugs’ potential to cause birth defects, and that the company aggressively marketed Lexapro and Celexa to women in their childbearing years, including to pregnant women.
Forest maintains that Lexapro is suitable for use under these conditions, and continues to mislead both the public and medical communities about the safety of Lexapro, according to the lawsuits.
The plaintiffs further allege that Forest still has not included a birth defects warning on the labeling on Lexapro, and that the company breached its duty by failing to do so.
In the years since Celexa and Lexapro were approved, the FDA has required Forest to issue stronger warnings whenever there was reasonable evidence of a link between the drugs and a serious side effect; however, this was never done with the birth defect risk, according to the complaints.
Congenital defects the children were born with included heart problems and other bodily injuries, according to the suits. Plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.
The lawsuits are being handled by Circuit Judge Christopher D. Chiles. Cabell Circuit Court case numbers are: 15-C-358, 15-C-359, 15-C-360, 15-C-361, 15-C-362, 15-C-363, 15-C-364, 15-C-365, 15-C-366, 15-C-367, 15-C-368, 15-C-369.
Do I Have a Lexapro Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Lexapro Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Lexapro birth defects cases in all 50 states.
Free Lexapro Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if your child or other loved one was born with birth defects after the mother took Lexapro in pregnancy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Lexapro Suit and our lawyers can help.