On July 16, 2012, a Zoloft lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis, MO was transferred to the Zoloft MDL in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
The case originally was filed on June 19, 2012, by a woman who claims that her mother’s use of Zoloft during pregnancy caused her to be born with an artial septal defect (ASD), a congenital heart malformation often called “a hole in the heart.” She had to undergo open-heart surgery to repair the birth defect, the lawsuit claims, and will continue to need medical monitoring and follow up treatment for the rest of her life.
Zoloft is an antidepressant drug in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressants. Zoloft is manufactured by Pfizer and has been on the market in the U.S. since it was approved by the FDA on December 30, 1991, to treat major depressive disorder (MDD). It later gained FDA approval to treat other conditions, including social anxiety disorder/social phobia, panic disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), acute post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Now, over 35 million prescriptions are filled each year in the U.S. for Zoloft and generic sertraline.
Several scientific studies have shown a link between use of Zoloft during pregnancy and an increased risk of heart defects. Babies born to mothers who took Zoloft while pregnant are much more likely to be born with septal defects (ASD and VSD) and other congenital heart defects, the treatment of which often require open-heart surgery. A 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that children born to mothers who took an SSRI antidepressant such as Zoloft during pregnancy were 200% more likely to suffer a congenital heart defect.
Zoloft also has been linked to a many serious birth defects in addition to heart malformations. These birth defects including spina bifida, craniosynostosis, omphalocele, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), cleft lip/cleft palate, and clubfoot.
Zoloft lawsuits claim that Pfizer failed to provide adequate warnings of the potential dangers that the drug posed to unborn children.
Zoloft Lawsuit Information
If you or a loved one took Zoloft during pregnancy and your child was born with a heart defect or other Zoloft birth defect, you may be entitled financial compensation.
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