Lawsuits Claim Zoloft Linked to Birth Defects – Pfizer Knew of Risks
Studies suggest that Zoloft may increase the risk of birth defects when used in the first trimester of pregnancy, a time when many women do not even know they are pregnant.
Recently two couples from Louisiana have filed a lawsuit against Pfizer alleging the drug maker hid knowledge of the anti-depressant drug Zoloft and its relationship to congenital heart defects. Both complaints involve the mother’s use of Zoloft during pregnancy and the subsequent birth of their children with congenital heart defects.
Zoloft (sertraline) was introduced in 1991, and is used for the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety. Lawsuits suggest that Pfizer had knowledge (or should have had knowledge) since 1996 that the use of Zoloft during pregnancy increased the risk of septal heart defects when taken by pregnant women. The lawsuits further allege that Pfizer neglected to warn consumers of the risks.
A growing number of families across the country have filed Zoloft lawsuits against Pfizer. I represent families in Chicago and the greater Chicagoland area whose children were born with birth injuries due to the negligence of companies like Pfizer.
If your child suffered birth defects, and you used Zoloft during your pregnancy, I urge you to contact my office immediately for a free consultation.