Lawyersandsettlements.com; November 17, 2013
Cole County, MO: While not particularly active in the headlines of late, Lexapro birth defects is an issue that has nonetheless kept percolating in the shadows, and is poised to make a return to the public conscience with the start of the consolidated Lexapro/Celexa Products Liability Litigation trial in May of next year.
Lexapro (escitalopram) is a member of the SRRI class of antidepressants (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) and is prescribed for depression. The latter, together with other forms of mental illness, continues to be a force in the US, with 25 percent of Americans suffering from diagnosable mental illness, according to the New York Times (8/19/13).
To that end, mental illness such as depression is increasingly treated with medication such as Lexapro, with one in five Americans currently prescribed at least one psychotic medication, according to Dr. Richard A. Friedman, a professor of clinical psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College, writing in the New York Times.
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