The popular SSRI antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine) has been on the U.S. market since the early 1990s, but the FDA only started warning about the risk of birth defects in 2005. Since then, numerous studies have linked Paxil to birth defects, heart defects, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), and more. Our Utah Paxil lawyers are concerned that many babies may have been harmed before warnings were placed on this medication.
Need a Utah Paxil Lawyer? If you or your loved one is a resident of Utah and had a baby with a Paxil birth defect, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a Utah Paxil lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your child’s injury, medical expenses, and more.
Paxil and Pregnancy
Paxil (paroxetine) is categorized as a “Pregnancy Class D” medication, which is a grade lower than all other antidepressant medications in the same class. Although Paxil has been used in the U.S. since the early 1990s, it was only downgraded to a “D” drug in 2005, after multiple studies linked it to a higher risk of heart defects.
In fact, this study, conducted by American researchers who analyzed a registry of birth defects, found a 4% risk of all birth defects among babies exposed to Paxil during development, and a 2% risk of heart defects. The researchers found that Paxil was linked to a doubled risk of birth defects compared to other antidepressants in the same class.
FDA Warnings for Paxil Birth Defects
After reviewing numerous studies linking Paxil and other SSRIs to birth defects, the FDA published two safety communications:
- In December 2005, the FDA downgraded Paxil to a “Pregnancy Category D” drug and issued a Safety Communication to warn about the risk of heart defects.
- In 2006, a study found that pregnant women who used an SSRI (including Paxil) were six times more likely to have a baby suffer Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) at birth. The FDA published a Public Health Advisory to warn about this risk.
Need a Utah Paxil Lawyer?
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 Paxil lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Utah Paxil lawsuits.
Free Utah Paxil Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one took Paxil during pregnancy and had a baby with a birth defect, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our Utah Paxil lawyers can help.