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Birth Defects From Dangerous Drugs

Both those who manufacture prescription drugs and those who prescribe them have the responsibility to warn consumers of the inherit risks. Unfortunately, many women of childbearing age are not properly warned about the risk of birth defects when taking certain potentially dangerous medications. Some pharmaceutical companies also market their drugs "off label" and against FDA regulations.

Did your child suffer a birth defect linked to a dangerous drug? Contact the Finz firm toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM to speak with a skilled New York birth defect lawyer today.

Although many different drugs may cause adverse effects, drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been shown to greatly increase the risk of a wide range of birth defects. SSRIs include:

A study published in 2007 in the New England Journal of Medicine voiced the concern that SSRI antidepressants, such as the ones listed above, may increase the risk of anencephaly by 200 percent or more. Anencephaly is a neural tube defect that results in missing sections of an infant's brain and skull. Other drug-related birth defects can include:

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Atrial septal defects
  • Ventricular septal defects
  • Right ventricular outflow obstruction defects
  • Conotruncal defects
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
  • Clubfoot
  • Cleft palate or lip
  • Spina bifida
  • Skeletal defects
  • Growth retardation
  • Hypoplastic right heart syndrome
  • Fetal valproate syndrome
  • Craniosynostosis (skull defects)
  • Omphalocele (intestine outside of the body)
  • Autism

Injuries Before Delivery From Medical Malpractice

Birth defects can also be a result of medical malpractice. If an ob-gyn deprives the infant of oxygen during labor or delivery, for instance, the baby may suffer brain damage. Surgical errors on the fetus in utero can also cause significant birth injuries and defects.

Call the Finz Firm Today

If your baby was born with a birth defect and you suspect a dangerous drug or medical negligence may have played a role, call Finz & Finz, P.C., toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM to speak with an experienced New York personal injury attorney today. You can also fill out the Free Birth Defect Case Evaluation form online.

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