Parents Allege Antidepressant Caused Baby’s Heart Defects
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Inc. face a dangerous drug lawsuit filed by a Montana couple who claim that their baby’s heart defect was caused by the antidepressant Effexor XR.
The Montana Standard reports that the lawsuit claims the couple’s daughter was born in October 2009 with a serious heart defect, allegedly caused by the mother being prescribed Effexor XR.
The plaintiffs allege that Wyeth, which makes the drug, had not issued any warning about the potential risk of birth defects if a woman used the medication before or during pregnancy. Other defendants include Dr. Rindo Sironi of Continental Divide OB/GYN and pharmacist Judith Schuelke, according to the Standard.
An undisclosed amount is being sought by the lawsuit filed in District Court in Butte, Montana.
Pfizer, which owns Wyeth, issued a statement saying the suit was without merit.
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