SSRIs

  • SSRI (Serotonin) Medical Record Review & Outsourcing Services

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are typically used in the treatment of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders that work by altering the levels of a mood-enhancing chemical called serotonin. The first SSRI introduced in the market was fluoxetine in 1985.

SSRI are indicated in the treatment of major depression, anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, social phobia, bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorder, premenstrual disorder and posttraumatic panic disorders. Off-label use of SSRI are a migraine, diabetic neuropathy, neurocardiogenic syncope and fibromyalgia.

Serious Alleged Injuries may include:

  • Risk of Suicidal attempts and violent behavior in children, adolescents and young adults (Age group - 18 to 24)
  • Anencephaly, Cranisynostosis, Omphalocele
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Heart defects (septal), malformations
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
  • Lung defects
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Facial malformations like Cleft palate

FDA SAFETY WARNINGS:

It was noted when pregnant women consume SSRIs, the risk of autism spectrum disorder and birth defects in newborns increased.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued alerts regarding unreported side effects of Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, most of which have led to litigation against the manufacturers.

 

Brand Names Contents Manufacturers FDA Approved
Brintellix Vortioxetine Takeda Pharmaceutical/H. Lundbeck A/S (Lundbeck) 30-Sep-13
Celexa Citalopram Forest Laboratories 17-Jul-98
Lexapro Escitalopram Forest Laboratories 14-Aug-02
Luvox Fluvoxamine Solva pharmaceutical 12-May-94
Paxil Paroxetine GlaxoSmithKline Feb-02
Prozac Fluoxetine Eli Lilly 29-Dec-87
Viibryd Vilazodone Actavis plc 21-Jan-11
Zoloft Sertraline Pfizer 30-Dec-91

 

Lawsuit Allegations:

Many lawsuits have been filed and a few have also reached settlements: Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro.

Evidences:

  • Usage of SSRI and other antidepressants in Pharmacy Records
  • Duration of usage in pregnant females and in children/young adults from Pharmacy Records
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of birth anomalies in child; suicidal tendency and violent behavior in children/young adults after intake
  • Treatment required for birth related defects in child

Medical Record Review and claim validation of SSRIs case should take approximately 2 hours in most instances; however, this approximation may vary in cases based on the volume of records.

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