A new lawsuit filed by an Iowa woman against Pfizer in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is making many of the same allegations as hundreds of other lawsuits against the Zoloft manufacturer. The woman claims that her use of Zoloft during pregnancy caused her baby to suffer heart defects and that Pfizer knew about the risks.
The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug Zoloft and several other antidepressant drugs in that class (Paxil, Celexa, Effexor, Lexapro, Pristiq, and Prozac) are widely prescribed for mental health conditions. Antidepressant use has quadrupled from 1994 to 2008. Women are more likely to be taking an antidepressant than men. Zoloft is marketed to pregnant women. SSRI antidepressants have long been promoted as being safe and effective.
The lawsuit claims that clinical trials have shown evidence of a link between Zoloft use during pregnancy and birth defects. It further alleges that despite being aware of Zoloft pregnancy risks, Pzifer marketed the drug to pregnant women. The birth defects associated with SSRIs and pregnancy are severe and can be fatal. They can include cranial defects, intestinal defects, cleft palate, club foot and heart defects.
Zoloft currently is a FDA pregnancy Category C drug, which means that animal studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans. Plaintiffs in Zoloft lawsuits argue that SSRIs should be pregnancy Category D drugs, because there is evidence that SSRI use during pregnancy can harm the unborn child.
SSRI Antidepressant Birth Defects Lawsuits
The use of SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft during pregnancy increases the risk of heart defects and other birth defects.
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