Parents of an Ohio child born with heart defects after his mother used Zoloft during pregnancy have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug. The Zoloft lawsuit claims that drug maker Pfizer knew Zoloft caused birth defects, particularly heart defects, but failed to warn of the risks. Lawyers allege that despite Zoloft pregnancy risks, Pfizer directly marketed the SSRI antidepressant medication to women of child bearing age, women who were trying to become pregnant, and even to pregnant women.
The Ohio Zoloft lawsuit claims that the woman began taking Zoloft in April 1996 and continued taking the drug after she found out she was pregnant in November 1996. Neither she nor her doctor had been warned of Zoloft pregnancy risks. In August 2007, her baby was born in Cleveland, OH. Shortly after his birth, the new mother was told that her son’s heart had not formed properly and that he needed surgery to repair the heart defects.
Less than a year later, the baby underwent open-heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic; a cardiopulmonary bypass surgery and a bidirectional Glenn shunting procedure. When he was four years old, the boy underwent a second cardiopulmonary bypass surgery and Fontan procedure. At age 12, he had a third surgery to implant a dual chamber permanent pacemaker. As a result of his birth defects, he will continue to require care and monitoring throughout his life. Doctors also have restricted his ability to play sports and participate in other normal childhood activities.
The lawsuit cites several Zoloft drug studies to show that Pfizer knew that the SSRI antidepressant medication caused heart defects and other serious congenital birth defects: “These studies showed that Zoloft causes serious birth defects when ingested during pregnancy. These defects include, but are not limited to, ventricular septal defects, atrial septal defects, hypoplastic left or right heart syndrome, craniosynostosis, omphalocele, gastroschisis, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), Tetralogy of Fallot, pulmonary atresia, limb deformations, spina bifida, cleft palate, and patent ductus arteriosus.”
Attorneys for the boy and his family seek compensation for the physical and emotional suffering caused by his Zoloft heart defects. The lawsuit demands both compensatory and punitive damages.
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