Zoloft Linked to Birth Defects ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Zoloft Linked to Birth Defects

A woman is seeking punitive and actual damages in a lawsuit she has filed against manufacturer Pfizer, Inc. According to the file the woman took the antidepressant Zoloft during her pregnancy and it caused multiple birth defects in her newborn son. “According to studies, Zoloft has long been linked to birth defects in newborns. In spite of FDA regulations that the new medical evidence requires Pfizer to update the warning label, the company has yet to do so.” Spina bifida, vater syndrome, clubfoot and other related defects are side effects the plaintiff’s baby is suffering from due to the drug, Zoloft. “The complaint says that in 2007, Pfizer knew that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Zoloft doubled the risk of septal heart defects in babies who were born to mothers who took the medication. In studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it indicates that a four-fold increase in heart defects was connected to pregnant women using Zoloft during their first trimester.” Pfizer took no initiative to sufficiently warn pregnant women about the side effects this drug could cause when marketing their product.

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