A Zoloft lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on behalf of a boy born in 1996 with severe birth defects. The suit against drug maker Pfizer claims that the boy’s birth defects were caused by his mother’s use of Zoloft during pregnancy.
The boy was born with life-threatening heart defects, including a condition known as transposition of the great arteries for which he underwent open-heart surgery shortly after birth. Years later, he was diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a condition in which the large blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs becomes abnormally large or balloons outward.
The lawsuit claims that Pfizer failed to adequately warn of the birth defects risks of its popular SSRI antidepressant medication. It seeks both compensatory and punitive damages.
Several studies have linked the use of SSRI antidepressants, including Zoloft, during pregnancy to an increased risk of birth defects. In July 2006, a FDA drug alert was issued warning that children born of women who use Zoloft after the 20th week of pregnancy are 600% more likely to suffer Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN). Since then, more studies investigating Zoloft birth defects risks have been published.
Based on the increasing evidence of dangers linked to use of the antidepressant during pregnancy, Zoloft lawsuit cases have been filed across the U.S. seeking compensation for personal injury and wrongful death damages caused by Zoloft birth defects.
If your child was born with a birth defect after Zoloft use during pregnancy, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation.
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