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Following Suit: SSRI Lawsuit Update

Following Suit: SSRI Lawsuit Update July 10, 2014. By Heidi Turner.
SSRI lawsuits allege infants who were exposed to SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) prior to birth were born with birth defects. Among the defects reportedly linked to SSRIs are cardiac defects such as septal defects and non-cardiac defects including spina bifida. Meanwhile, other lawsuits allege drug manufacturers misled parents into giving their children SSRIs off-label.
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New Concerns Arise from SSRI Side Effects

New Concerns Arise from SSRI Side Effects August 7, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Ayrshire, Scotland Anna Wilson was 20 weeks pregnant when doctors performed a routine scan and told the Ayrshire, Scotland mother-to-be that her unborn child had a heart problem and would need surgery. Little David is now nine months old and has already had that operation. He’ll require another open-heart surgical procedure by the age of five. Even with the surgery, his life expectancy has been shortened significantly. All because of SSRI Birth Defects. Anna was prescribed an SSRI antidepressant for anxiety four years ago…
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Studies on Zoloft Birth Defects Yield Conflicting Results

Studies on Zoloft Birth Defects Yield Conflicting Results July 21, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Boston, MA Recent studies on Zoloft birth defects have yielded conflicting results, with one study finding no significant association between the use of the antidepressant and the development of Zoloft side effects in infants. A different study, however, suggests that infants exposed to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) prior to birth could be at risk for a Zoloft birth defect.
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Expert Warns SSRI Side Effects Could Double Risk of Heart Defect

Expert Warns SSRI Side Effects Could Double Risk of Heart Defect July 13, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
The United Kingdom An expert with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) in Britain has warned about the risk of SSRI side effects in infants exposed to the antidepressants prior to birth. According to the Daily Mail (6/24/13), Professor Stephen Pilling is so concerned about the risks that he has urged doctors not to prescribe selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for women of childbearing age who have only mild to moderate depression.
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SSRI Tragedy a Real Risk

SSRI Tragedy a Real Risk June 7, 2013. By Brenda Craig.
Framingham, MA For Dr. Adam Urato, there is absolutely no doubt that the use of SSRI drugs for pregnant women presents more risks than benefits, and the consequences of exposing embryos to antidepressants are alarming. “I am absolutely concerned that we are going to have an SSRI tragedy on our hands,” says Harvard-educated Obstetrician and Gynecologist Adam Urato. “We have a generation of women and their developing babies being exposed to these drugs.
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Concern Over Possible SSRI Birth Defects Certainly Not New

Concern Over Possible SSRI Birth Defects Certainly Not New June 4, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC While concern over the potential for SSRI birth defects has been growing, the issue is far from new. And while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its most recent statement with regard to SSRI antidepressants in 2011, suspicion that either one SSRI in particular or all SSRI drugs in general carrying potential for serious, but rare abnormalities, goes back even longer.
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Antidepressants in Crosshairs As Mother’s Class Action Moves Forward

Antidepressants in Crosshairs As Mother’s Class Action Moves Forward May 9, 2013. By Brenda Craig.
Vancouver, BC A Canadian class-action case filed against pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on behalf of women whose babies were born with SSRI birth defects is set to begin against a rising tide of concern about the use of antidepressants by pregnant women.
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Antidepressants & Birth Defects: Weighing the Risks and Benefits during Pregnancy

Antidepressants & Birth Defects: Weighing the Risks and Benefits during Pregnancy May 7, 2013. By Brenda Craig.

In observance of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Alcohol and Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week, LawyersandSettlements.com reached out to Dr. Anick Bérard, director of the medications and pregnancy unit at Ste-Justine University Hospital, and a professor at the pharmacy faculty of the Université de Montréal, to weigh in on the debate regarding SSRI-related birth defects.

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SSRIs Linked to Low Apgar Scores

SSRIs Linked to Low Apgar Scores May 6, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Dallas, TX Another study examining the risk of SSRI side effects in infants suggests that the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors while pregnant could result in babies with low Apgar scores. The study adds to literature on SSRIs, which has provided conflicting results as to what risk of SSRI birth defects infants face when exposed to the antidepressants prior to birth.
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Another Study Weighs In on SSRI Birth Defects

Another Study Weighs In on SSRI Birth Defects April 11, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Chicago, IL A new study suggests that SSRI birth defects might not be as much of a concern as previously thought. The study, which examined whether SSRI side effects might affect an infant’s growth, found that exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) prior to birth did not have a significant impact on the infant’s growth.
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