A Zoloft birth defect lawsuit was filed in Ohio by the parents of a child who died shortly after birth of the brain defect anencephaly. The wrongful death lawsuit claims that the baby was born with the fatal birth defect after the mother took Zoloft during pregnancy. Unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against defendants Pfizer are sought in the Zoloft lawsuit.
Anencephaly is a birth defect that occurs when a baby is born without a large part of his or her brain and skull. It is a neural tube defect that develops early in fetal development and results when the upper part of the neural tube does not close. Most anencephalic fetuses are stillborn. About 1 of 10,000 babies in the U.S. are born with anencephaly. Tragically, the prognosis for a baby with anencephaly is death, usually within hours after birth. There is no cure for anencephaly.
The Ohio Zoloft lawsuit claims that, “Pfizer knew or should have known that Zoloft crosses the placenta, which could have important implications for the developing fetus.” Attorneys representing the parents allege that drug company Pfizer knew that Zoloft use during pregnancy had been linked to birth defects, but covered up research findings and failed to warn patients the of the risks and dangers of its popular SSRI antidepressant.
The lawyers seek financial compensation for the parents under several legal theories of liability, including strict product liability, fraud, false advertising, breach of warranty, unjust enrichment, negligence, and wrongful death.