Did Your Prozac Prescription Cause Your Child’s PPHN?

September 4, 2012

Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) is a painful, potentially fatal birth defect that impacts newborns every year. The good news is that it’s a rare health condition. The bad news, however, is that prenatal exposure to commonly prescribed antidepressants, such as Prozac (fluoxetine), may substantially increase the probability that a child will suffer from PPHN.

 

While subsequent medical research has produced conflicting findings, a 2006 New England Journal of Medicine study concluded that infants were six times more likely to suffer PPHN and other related conditions when they were exposed to Prozac during pregnancy.

 

Although the frequency of injury is rare, when a PPHN event does occur it’s important to determine whether your SSRI medication was its cause. This isn’t just medically important, but legally important, too. Your child’s physical suffering and your family’s emotional trauma may represent the foundation of a meaningful legal claim.

 

Ready to find out more about the legal consequences of Prozac and PPHN? Talk to the attorneys at Fears Nachawati today. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to fight for you!

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