A number of popular prescription medications have been linked to a severe heart defect called pulmonary stenosis, which occurs when a deformity on or near the pulmonary valve slows the flow of blood.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one was born with pulmonary valve stenosis after being exposed to one of the medications listed in this article, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Tennessee Mother Blames Zofran for Daughter’s Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
February 9, 2016 – A Tennessee woman who allegedly took Zofran during pregnancy and gave birth to a daughter with pulmonary valve stenosis and an atrial septal defect (ASD) has filed a product liability lawsuit against GSK. Plaintiff claims neither she nor anyone else in her family has a history of heart defects, and that she had a healthy baby girl in an earlier pregnancy in which she didn’t take Zofran for morning sickness.
What is Pulmonary Stenosis?
Pulmonary stenosis refers to a life-threatening birth defect characterized by a narrowing of the leaflets of the heart’s pulmonary valve. The leaflets open as the right ventricle contracts and pushes blood to the lungs, but when they are stenotic, the leaflets can stick or remain partially closed. When this occurs, fluid into the heart and veins can back up, and the right ventricle has to pump harder to move blood into the lungs. This forces the heart to work extra hard, and can consequently result in heart failure. Sadly, PS is one of the most common valve defects found in newborn babies.
Medications Liked to Pulmonary Stenosis
- Lexapro (Escitalopram)
- Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
- Wellbutrin (Bupropion)
- Zofran (ondansetron)
Types of Pulmonary Stenosis
There are four slightly different varieties of pulmonary stenosis found in newborns:
- Valvar pulmonary stenosis – the valve leaflets are thickened and/or narrowed.
- Supravalvar pulmonary stenosis – the pulmonary artery just above the pulmonary valve is narrowed.
- Subvalvar (infundibular) pulmonary stenosis – the muscle under the valve area is thickened, narrowing the outflow tract from the right ventricle.
- Branch peripheral pulmonic stenosis – the right or left pulmonary artery is narrowed, or both may be narrowed.
If you’d like more information about pulmonary stenosis, please visit the American Heart Association to learn more today.
Do I have a Pulmonary Stenosis Lawsuit?
The Defective Drug & Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in antidepressant drug birth defects lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new pulmonary stenosis cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if your child was injured by the side effects of a prescription drug, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a class action suit and we can help.