Hensley, Forest Pharmaceuticals, Paxil & Birth Defects

Hensley, Forest Pharmaceuticals, Paxil & Birth Defects: A recent case in the United States District Court, E.D. Missouri, Eastern Division recently ruled on a motion to transfer.

Hensley, Forest Pharmaceuticals, Paxil & Birth Defects case documents what many paxil prescription drug users may be experiencing today – potential birth defects in their child from the use of paxil (e.g., for depression while pregnant) during pregnancy. The court ruled in favor of the Plaintiffs in the case.

To find out more on the case, see Case No. 4:14CV00181 ERW – May 14, 2014.

  • In her Complaint, Plaintiff alleges that K.H. was born with various congenital birth defects caused by Plaintiff’s ingestion of Lexapro and Paxil during her pregnancy.
  • Plaintiff brings her action to recover medical and other expenses related to treatment for birth defects and other related illnesses suffered by K.H.
  • She also seeks punitive damages for the injuries suffered as a direct result of her ingestion of Lexapro and Paxil during her pregnancy with K.H.


Since September 2005, scientific evidence has revealed that SSRI antidepressants, such as Paxil, Zoloft (sertraline), Prozac (fluoxetine), and Lexapro (escitalopram), may cause birth defects in children whose mothers took these or other SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy. The same has been shown for SNRI (serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants like Effexor (venlafaxine).

Studies have linked the use of SSRI/SSRIs like Paxil and Zoloft during pregnancy with an increased risk of birth defects like heart congenital defects (cardiac birth defects in babies, risk birth injury defects) – heart valve defects, atrial (ASD) and ventricular septal defects (VSD) (holes in the walls of the chambers of the heart) – in newborns when Paxil or Zoloft is taken during the pregnancy (possibly the first first three months of pregnancy) and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a life-threatening respiratory condition that affects a baby’s ability to breathe after birth.


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