A Zoloft lawsuit has been filed in St Clair County, Illinois by parents who claim that the mother’s use of the SSRI antidepressant drug Zoloft during pregnancy caused their twins to suffer multiple birth defects. The suit against drug company Pfizer was filed in on June 4, 2012, two years and a day after the twins’ birth.The lawsuit claims that the twin boys were born with several congenital birth defects, including septal heart defects (holes in the heart), a twisted neck, scoliosis, flattening on one side of their skulls. In addition, it was alleged that the boys suffered repeated ear infections, delayed milestones, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
It is claimed that the birth defects are the result of the mother’s Zoloft use throughout her pregnancy. Had she been warned of Zoloft’s pregnancy side effects, the suit states, she would not have taken the antidepressant medication.
“Plaintiffs aver that Defendant’s Zoloft was defectively designed, inadequately tested, dangerous to human health, and lacked proper warnings as to the true danger of birth defects associated with its use,” the lawsuit claims.
The parents blame Pfizer for the boys’ personal injury damages, claiming that the drug company should have provided adequate warnings of the potential danger to their unborn children. The suit also alleges other negligent acts, including that Pfizer failed to provide adequate warnings to the medical community, failed to continually monitor the safety of Zoloft, and failed to release test results that revealed Zoloft dangers.
The lawsuit seeks to recover damages against Pfizer for strict products liability, breach of express and implied warranties, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, misrepresentation by omission, fraud and misrepresentation, fraud by concealment, violation of consumer protection laws. Damages sought in the Complaint include compensatory and statutory damages plus prejudgement interest, costs, and attorney’s fees.
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL also is named as a defendant in the lawsuit. It is alleged that employees of the hospital failed to recommend that the mother stop taking Zoloft after suffering bleeding during her pregnancy.
Belleville, IL, in St. Clair County Illinois, is located on the East side of the Mississippi River in the metropolitan area of St. Louis, MO.
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