Did your family place trust in a drug called Pristiq as an antidepressant? If so, you may have learned that it can cause serious Pristiq side effects and complications, including birth defects in the children of women who use the drug while pregnant, as well as liver and heart ailments for adults who use the drug.
Pristiq is among drugs in the category of serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRI drugs. Such drugs are known to cause a vast variety of serious if not severe Pristiq birth defects and side effects in infants whose mother took the antidepressant within one year before giving birth — in short, even shortly before becoming pregnant.
Pristiq has the chemical name of desvenlafaxine.
Sold by drug giant Pfzer, Pristiq was part of a $67.5 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit involving Pfizer and Wyeth, creator of Pristiq. (Pfizer purchased Wyeth in 2009.) Pfizer paid that amount to settle the lawsuit by former shareholders in Wyeth.
They maintained they were misled regarding dangers of Pristiq, which came to light when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in 2007 that it wouldn’t approve Pristiq for treatment of post-menopausal women’s hot flashes until it learned additional information regarding possible liver and heart problem linked to the antidepressant.
After that announcement, Wyeth shares lost over $7.6 billion of market value. Shareholders asserted that Wyeth failed to reveal such adverse Pristiq side effects earlier, which led its stock price to be inflated.
Through September of 2012, Pristiq made $461 million in sales of Pristiq for that year, but originally it had been expected to exceed $2 billion in annual sales.
Besides potential liver and heart problems for adult users of Pristiq, infants of women who take the drug during pregnancy can suffer birth defects of the heart, lungs, brain, spinal cord, limbs and other body parts.
If your family suffered injury after a loved one used defective antidepressant drug Pristiq, notify our law firm at once. We can supply you with an experienced defective drug lawyer for your case and can fight for your right to the financial compensation you deserve with a Pristiq lawsuit.
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