OH parents file Zoloft lawsuit in NY for child’s birth defects

Ohio parents have filed a lawsuit in federal court against drug company Pfizer alleging that their son suffered Zoloft heart defects. The suit claims that the pharmaceutical giant failed to warn of serious Zoloft pregnancy side effects, including an increased risk of congenital birth defects. Their case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on June 1, 2012.

When the boy was born in November 2005, he suffered multiple birth defects and immediately required several surgeries to treat life-threatening congenital heart defects. According to the lawsuit, he has undergone surgeries to repair an artial septal defect (ASD), ventricular septal defects (VSD), and other heart defects. He also was born with an abdominal wall defect called omphalocele. His parents have been told that it is inevitable that he will need additional surgery, open heart surgery.

The lawsuit claims that Pfizer failed to warn women and their doctors of Zoloft birth defect risks. As a result, the boy’s mother was prescribed and took Zoloft throughout her pregnancy to treat depression. It is alleged that the defects were caused by his mother’s use of Zoloft during pregnancy. Attorneys representing the parents claim that Pfizer concealed vital information about Zoloft pregnancy risks in pursuit of greater profits.

Before the boy’s birth, numerous clinical trials and studies had established a link between the use of Zoloft while pregnant and several congenital birth defects. Notably, the Pederson study of 2009 demonstrated that Zoloft was linked to a higher incidence of heart defects in newborns, many of whom required surgery. The defects included such dangerous heart malformations as atrial septal defects and ventricular septal defects. Another study, published in 2007 in the New England Journal of Medicine, concluded that women who took Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Zoloft to treat depression during their pregnancy were twice as likely to give birth to babies with heart defects.

Zoloft has been linked to a many serious birth defects beyond damage to the heart, including spina bifida, craniosynostosis, omphalocele, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), cleft lip/cleft palate, and clubfoot. Animal studies performed before the drug was released in 1992 demonstrated increased birth defects risks, but the drug nonetheless was approved by the FDA.

Attorneys for the parents allege several legal claims for recovery against Pfizer. They include claims of negligence, failure to warn, fraud, and breach of warranties. The lawyers seek to recover both compensatory and punitive damages.

Zoloft Lawsuit Information

The use of SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft during pregnancy has been linked to heart defects and other birth defects. If your family has been affected by a Zoloft birth defect, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

If your child suffered birth defects after Zoloft use during pregnancy and you want to learn more about pursuing a Zoloft lawsuit, our attorneys want to answer your legal questions. Get a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced antidepressant birth defects lawyer. Use the contact form on this page or call us toll-free at 800-845-6913.

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