antidepressant birth defects

Are We Getting the Whole Story When it Comes to Drug Safety?

by Staff Blogger | July 10th, 2015

The results of drug safety tests are often published in peer-reviewed medical journals. But do these publications provide doctors and patients with enough information? Some experts say no.

An article from Salon examines the numerous medication safety studies conducted annually in the U.S. and found only a handful of results get published.

Safety findings regarding antidepressants are highlighted as an example. Researchers examined studies on drugs like Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft and found that 94 percent of tests published in medical journals found drugs to be effective. Tests that showed the drugs to be ineffective or potentially dangerous, such as studies on antidepressant birth defects, were often not published.

Legislators passed a bill in 2008 that requires all medical studies to be released by the federal government, but biases remain regarding which studies get publicized and which do not.

The Nashville drug injury lawyers at Ponce Law believe patients should always ask questions about the risks of drugs they are taking. Gather as much information as you can about a drug before taking it and report any adverse events to your physician or pharmacist. We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe!


FDA Working to Protect Unborn Children and Pregnant Women from Drug Injuries

by Staff Blogger | December 3rd, 2014

Pregnant women must consider the effects of the medications they take on their child, but determining the risks isn’t always simple. One example is the risk of antidepressant birth defects among many popular prescription depression treatments.

A study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that women who take Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)—a type of antidepressant—after the 20th week of pregnancy have a six times higher chance of having babies who suffer from persistent pulmonary hypertension. This can cause problems with blood flow that can prevent the child’s body from absorbing enough oxygen.

To help pregnant women better understand which drugs are safe for their children, WKRN 2 News reports the FDA is making changes to medication labels. Beginning next summer, drug manufacturers will have to include information on the safety of a medication during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. This will include data whether the drug was tested on humans or animals.

This could significantly reduce the number of children who suffer birth defects caused by medications, considering women take an average of three to five prescription drugs during pregnancy.

At Ponce Law, we’ve seen the devastating results some medications can have on unborn children, and we’re here to help if you or a loved one has suffered such harm. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers are here to help protect your legal rights. To learn more about how we can assist you, feel free to call us anytime at 615-244-4325.