Mothers' Lawsuits Allege Effexor Caused Birth Defects

December 18, 2013

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects:
Women who delivered children with birth defects after taking Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride).
What Is Effexor?
Effexor is an antidepressant that belongs to a group of drugs known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
What Are the Allegations?
Lawsuits allege that the maker of Effexor knew that its antidepressant would cross the placenta and pose risks to unborn babies, but failed to adequately warn the public about this risk.
Manufacturer:
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
FDA Warning:
In 2004, the FDA announced that Effexor's label would be updated to include warnings that the drug can cause "complications requiring prolonged hospitalization, respiratory support, and tube feeding" in newborns.
Type of Lawsuit:
Mass Tort