Recent studies have found that women who take antidepressant medications like Symbyax during pregnancy may have an increased risk of giving birth to babies with serious congenital defects. These side effects may be life-threatening and include heart, lung and cranial birth defects.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one was born with birth defects after the mother took Symbyax in pregnancy, 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.
Update: FDA Issues Warning on Symbyax Skin Reactions
May 10, 2016 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that labels of Symbyax and other olanzapine-containing antipsychotic medications will be updated with a warning about Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS), a severe skin reaction that causes rash, fever, organ inflammation and hematologic abnormalities. A search of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database identified at least 23 cases of DRESS — including one death — associated with olanzapine since the drug was first approved in 1996.
What is Symbyax?
Symbyax is an antidepressant that contains fluoxetine and olanzapine. Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), and olanzapine is an antipsychotic drug. These ingredients help to regulate neurotransmitters in the brain. Symbyax is prescribed to treat depression caused by bipolar disorder (manic depression).
Symbyax Birth Defects
Women may be eligible to seek compensation through a Symbyax Lawsuit, as this and other similar antidepressants have been linked to the following birth defects:
- 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
About Symbyax Class Action Lawsuits
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Symbyax Class Action Suit, and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of families whose children were born with Symbyax birth defects.
A class action is a type of lawsuit filed with the court on behalf of large group of people or “class” of individuals that have been injured or wronged. The class is represented by the law firm and the case is generally decided upon a single member of the class who is sometimes referred to as the “class representative or class rep.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
In some instances, a class action may offer some advantages, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit. The aggregation can increase the efficiency of the legal process, lower the costs of litigation and in some cases offer the solution to a common problem wherein small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual or law firm to file an individual lawsuit.
However, a class action suit can also be a detriment to many class members, as they are often forced into a blanket “low ball settlement” and higher attorney fees. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP we understand that our clients are suffering emotionally and economically due to loss of wages and/or high medical bills and we plan to maximize each client’s recovery by filing individual Symbyax Lawsuits on their behalf.
Do I Have a Symbyax Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Symbyax Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Symbyax birth defect cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was born with a birth defect after the mother took Symbyax while pregnant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.