Six West Virginia mothers have filed Zoloft birth defects lawsuits in Wayne Circuit Court against Pfizer and its subsidiaries for their children’s personal injury damages. Doctors, as recommended by Pfizer, prescribed Zoloft to all six women during pregnancy. Their suits join 19 Zoloft cases already pending against Pfizer in Wayne County.
The newborns suffered from several different congenital birth defects including atrial septal defects (holes in the heart), persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), neural tube defects, and cranial (skull) defects. Their mothers allege that the drug is defective and that drug company Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft, knew or should have known that Zoloft caused birth defects. The lawsuits claim that Zoloft is dangerous to human health and unfit and unsuitable to be marketed and sold. Lastly, the suits contend that Zoloft lacks the proper warnings regarding its pregnancy risks and potential dangers with its use.
The mothers are suing for both compensatory and punitive damages for the injuries to their minor children.