A Mississippi couple has filed a 2014 Zoloft birth defects lawsuit against drug company Pfizer. The suit claims that the SSRI antidepressant drug manufactured by Pfizer (generic name sertraline) caused their daughter to be born with several heart defects. Their child, born in April of 2011, had an atrial septal defect (ASD) and pulmonary stenosis at birth. She required medical care almost immediately in order to survive the birth defects.
The parents are suing on counts of negligence, false advertising, concealing information and misrepresenting a product. The suit claims damages for themselves and their daughter. The mother was first prescribed the SSRI antidepressant prior to becoming pregnant and her doctor continued her on Zoloft during pregnancy.
The couple alleges that there were no warning labels on the medication alerting them to a risk of birth defects. They also allege that Pfizer did not warn physicians of the potential pregnancy risks, nor did the drug company notify doctors of studies regarding dangers to unborn children posed by ingesting Zoloft during pregnancy.