Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuits Filed by Parents of 8 Victims

The parents of eight children born with serious birth defects after their mothers took Zoloft during pregnancy have filed a product liability lawsuit against Pfizer.

These parents come from Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin and filed the complaint in the St. Clair County Circuit Court.  Named as plaintiffs are Hope Lower, Cindy and Gene Bendickson, Marianne Buneta and Jason Gultch, Monica and Roosevelt Jones, Carlisa and John Black, Mary Schulze, Norneesa Knowles, Sharon Jones, and Antione Bossier.

Each of these plaintiffs are parent to a child born with a serious birth defect or malformation after being exposed to Zoloft during his or her mother’s pregnancy.

In the lawsuit, dangerous drug lawyers claim that there were not sufficient warnings about the risks associated with pregnant women taking Zoloft.  Pfizer is accused of violating consumer protection laws, fraud, negligence, strict product liability, and breach of warranty.

Introduced by Pfizer in 1991, Zoloft (sertraline) is used to treat depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Zoloft is the most prescribed antidepressant in the United States and belongs to the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Scientific research and reports of adverse events suggest that there is an association between Zoloft used during pregnancy and serious, potentially fatal birth defects.  In addition to others, Zoloft may cause the following birth defects:

  • PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns)
  • Septal heart defects
  • Lung defects
  • Omphalocele and other abdominal defects
  • Craniosynostosis and other cranial defects

Even more alarming is the fact that studies show that these and other Zoloft birth defects can form during the first trimester of pregnancy, when many women are not yet aware they are pregnant.

Consult with a Zoloft Birth Defect Attorney

This lawsuit is one of many Zoloft lawsuits have been filed in recent months.  In a Zoloft lawsuit, a dangerous drug lawyer can claim that Pfizer showed negligence when they failed to sufficiently warn the public about the risks associated with Zoloft, and when they persist in refusing to adequate warnings about the risk of taking Zoloft during pregnancy.  If you believe your child’s birth defect may be the result of Zoloft taken during pregnancy, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit for substantial compensation.  Contact a Zoloft birth defect attorney today.

Dec. 8, 2011 | Tags:

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