Anti Depressant Citalopram and Pregnancy: The Risks

Anti Depressant Citalopram and Pregnancy: The Risks

I am sure many people would have seen the recent BBC Panorama film in which numerous medications were prescribed to woman who suffered from Epilepsy. It is thought by experts that as many 40000 children may have been born with numerous birth defects and complaints that have been linked directly back to the use of the medication. Unfortunately parents who attempted to bring a case against the manufacturers of the drugs on behalf of their children were unsuccessful.
Now it seems another scandal has arisen with anti depression medication. Many women throughout the UK would have been prescribed anti-depressants at the start of their pregnancy. These women would have gone on to use the medication throughout their pregnancy and have had perfectly healthy babies. Unfortunately not all women were so lucky as many babies have been born recently with heart defects. Early indications suggest that the defect may have been caused by the use of Anti Depressants during pregnancy.
I have reviewed this evidence and in my opinion there does seem to be a suggestion of a possible link. It also appears that the some of the manufacturers have failed to provide safe and adequate warnings to the mothers as to the risks associated with using the anti depressant.
If your child has unfortunately been the victim of a congenital heart defect and you have previously been prescribed anti depressants it is possible that you may be able to pursue a claim for injury. If you wish to discuss this further with me please do not hesitate to contact me 0113 2009 742 or email me on jamesashton@michaellewin.co.uk
Written by
Head of product liability
James Ashton

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