Prozac and Birth Defects

Prozac (Fluoxetine) is in a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Prozac was first discovered in 1974 by Eli Lilly and Company and quickly became one of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug in December 1987. Prozac is used primarily to treat depression, anxiety disorder, panic disorder,post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological conditions. Prozac is the third most prescribed antidepressant in the United States.

Prozac is currently classified as a Pregnancy Category C drug. There has been animal study evidence indicating that Prozac may have an adverse effect on the fetus when ingested during pregnancy.

prozac-birth-defectsStudies Have Shown a Link Between Prozac and Birth Defects

Prozac has been linked to birth defects such as gastrointestinal, heart and facial defects:

  • In 2008, the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology discovered an increased risk of cardiac defects associated with Prozac (Fluoxetine)
  • In 2011, the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal indicated that Prozac (Fluoxetine) was linked to ventricular septal defects (“VSD”) and major cardiovascular anomalies
  • In 2011, Birth Defects Research journal found that Prozac (Fluoxetine) could cause the development of birth defects of the ear, face and neck. The journal also found a risk of the heart anomaly known as patent ductusarteriosus.

Additionally, the FDA issued a warning in 2006, for all SSRIs including Prozac, regarding the association between persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (“PPHN”) and SSRIs.

Prozac Lawsuit

Pierce | Skrabanek has extensive experience handling birth defect lawsuits. Most recently, we worked on Paxil birth defect lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline. It is important to contact a lawyer with the knowledge necessary to handle your birth defect lawsuit. We are currently accepting Prozac birth defect cases. Please contact us for a free case evaluation. We handle all cases on a contingency basis meaning that we don’t get paid until we win.