Lexapro, an SSRI antidepressant marketed by Forest Laboratories, has been the subject of product liability claims involving its alleged association with birth defects. Lexapro lawsuits assert that the drug maker is aware that the medication can harm a developing fetus, but continues to aggressively and actively promoted Lexapro for use by women in their child-bearing years, including pregnant women.
The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP offers free legal reviews to individuals who may have been harmed by Lexapro and other SSRI antidepressants. If you believe your child developed a birth defect due to Lexapro, please call (888) 994-5118 to learn more about your options for filing a lawsuit.
In 2009, investigators for the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee released documents which indicated that Forest Labs began to aggressively market Lexapro following its 2002 regulatory approval by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Among other things, the company’s marketing plan purportedly included ways to compensate physicians and psychiatrists for prescribing Lexapro. In 2010, Forest Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Forest Labs, struck a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and agreed to pay more than $313 million to resolve improper marketing charges involving Lexapro and two other drugs, Levothroid and Celexa.
“The False Claims Act complaint also alleges that Forest engaged in such marketing conduct in connection with Lexapro, which, at that time, also lacked any approvals for pediatric use. The civil complaint further alleges that Forest used illegal kickbacks to induce physicians and others to prescribe Celexa and Lexapro. Kickbacks allegedly included cash payments disguised as grants or consulting fees, expensive meals and lavish entertainment. The civil complaint alleges that as a result of the foregoing conduct, Forest caused false claims to be submitted to federal health care programs,” the DOJ said.
You may be eligible to file a Lexapro lawsuit if you or your child’s mother use this medication while pregnant and gave birth to a baby with a serious birth defect, including:
To find out if you might qualify for compensation, please call (888) 994-5118 to discuss you case with an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP.
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