Attention Antidepressant Users: SSRIs such as Lexapro and Celexa are widely suspected of contributing to suicidal and aggressive behaviors, especially in children. To date, at least 54 lawsuits have been filed against Forest Laboratories.
Forest Laboratories Settles Lexapro Suicide Lawsuits
Shortly after its Earth City subsidiary pleaded guilty to illegally marketing antidepressants to children and adolescents, Forest Laboratories is now settling a string of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits from the parents of children who took Lexapro and Celexa. A total of 54 lawsuits – mostly involving suicides and attempted suicides by teenagers – accuse Forest of concealing a negative pediatric study on Celexa, deceiving healthcare professionals about the antidepressant’s clinical trials, and targeting children in aggressive drug promotions. A surge of similar settlements is expected in the near future as the company attempts to move beyond the controversy and distance itself from the negative press.
With the exception of Prozac, use of antidepressants for minors has not been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Any doctor who prescribes these drugs to children under 18 (as well as any pharmaceutical company that promotes this “off-label” use of SSRIs) is knowingly taking a risk with the patient’s safety.
Antidepressants such as Lexapro have become famous for their alleged ability to induce children to violence and suicide. Two of the more prominent cases involving SSRIs include that of 12-year-old Christopher Pittman, who killed his grandparents while he was taking Zoloft and Paxil, and that of Donald Schell, who killed his wife, their daughter, their granddaughter, and then himself after taking only two doses of Paxil.