Forest Lab's Lexapro Causes Fatal Birth Defects, Mom Says

By Daniel Siegal (January 8, 2014, 7:55 PM EST) -- Forest Laboratories Inc. was hit with a suit in New Jersey federal court Wednesday alleging its popular antidepressant Lexapro caused fatal birth defects in a child whose mother took the drug during pregnancy.

Michigan resident Chandra Shuck is suing Forest Laboratories and Lexapro inventor H. Lundbeck A/S, accusing the pharmaceutical companies of ignoring studies indicating the drug increased the likelihood of birth defects and marketing Lexapro as safe for pregnant women.

Lexapro and similar antidepressants have been found to increase the likelihood of cardiac birth defects in children whose mothers ingest the drug during pregnancy, the suit says. Shuck took the...

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