In 2013, Zoloft was ranked the #2 psychiatric medication in the United States by number of prescriptions dispensed, according to a new study. Although the US population grew only 1.5% between 2011 and 2013, prescriptions for Zoloft increased 11% to 41,416,000. Zoloft was outsold only by Xanax. The last time that Zoloft had reached #2 was in 2005. It fell to #4 and #3 in 2009 and 2011 respectively.
The study indicates that the US population grew only 1.5% between 2011 and 2013. The increase in prescriptions for Zoloft between 2011 and 2013 was driven by several factors: “more people seeking treatment, more awareness and acceptance of seeking treatment for a mental illness, more pharmaceutical advertising and marketing.”
Zoloft is in a class of antidepressant drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. SSRI antidepressants are commonly used to treat depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and premenstrual dyspohoric disorder. Zoloft (sertraline) was advertised and promoted as safe for pregnant women. Recent studies, however, have shown a link between the use of Zoloft in pregnancy and severe birth defects. Mothers across the country have filed lawsuits against Pfizer, the drug company that manufactures Zoloft, for damages due to birth defects in their children.
Zoloft birth defects lawsuits still are pending and there still is time to make a claim for compensation.
If you took Zoloft while pregnant and your child was born with PPHN, an atrial or septal heart defect (ASD or VSD), craniosynostosis, cleft lip, cleft palate or other birth defects, you may be entitled to compensation.
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