Use of the antidepressant drug Zoloft during pregnancy caused eight children to suffer various birth defects, claims a lawsuit recently filed on behalf of their parents against Pfizer in Illinois.
The parents of the children are from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin, Texas and New York. They all claim that their children were born with birth defects after the mothers took Zoloft while pregnant. The mothers believed it was safe to take the SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy.
The birth defects suffered include heart defects, neural tube defects, skull defects (craniosynostosis), abdominal defects (gastroschisis and omphalocele), neural defects, cleft lip, clubfoot, limb reduction defects, and anal atresia.
The parents allege that Zoloft drug company Pfizer knew of the dangers the to pregnant women, but failed to disclose them to patients and the FDA. In addition, the lawsuit claims that despite being aware of Zoloft pregnancy risks, Pfizer continued to market the medication as the safest anti-depressant for pregnant women.
“Pfizer’s sales force blitzed doctor’s offices with literature and verbal presentations designed to convince doctors and consumers that Zoloft was a superior drug for treatment of, among other things, depression during pregnancy,” attorneys for the families state. “Pfizer aggressively promoted Zoloft as an improvement over other antidepressant drugs on the ground that Zoloft was less likely to cause side effects if taken during pregnancy.”
The Illinois Zoloft lawyers seek financial compensation for the parents and children based on several legal claims; strict products liability, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, breach of express and implied warranty, misrepresentation by omission and consumer fraud.
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