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Birth Defects May Mean a Zoloft Lawsuit

Pregnancy can be accompanied by a roller coaster of emotions, perhaps due to the hormonal changes that are occurring in the mother’s body. Two of the most common psychological problems encountered during pregnancy is anxiety and depression. When it gets bad enough, a doctor may prescribe small doses of Zoloft, generically known as sertraline hydrochloride, to ease the symptoms. Zoloft manufacturer Pfizer is not shy about touting the benefits the prescription drug in keeping a woman calm and relaxed during pregnancy.

Here’s the clincher: antidepressants such as Zoloft has been associated with a number of birth defects that may have a significant impact on the lives of both mother and child. These defects include but not limited to:

  • Abdominal defects
  • Atrial septal defects
  • Club feet
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
  • Skull defects
  • Spina bifida
  • Tetralogy of fallot (TOF) with pulmonary atresia
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Ventricular septal defects

The risks to the baby in utero have been well-established, and yet Pfizer is pooh-poohing the warnings of health experts in the use of Zoloft during pregnancy. This failure to inform and warn patients about the dangers of Zoloft use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding renders the company negligent for knowingly risking the life of another human being in order to sell their products.

As a result, more than 250 cases have been filed against Pfizer for the birth defects or health problems of children who were exposed in utero and through breast milk. Currently, a multidistrict litigation has been set-up in Philadelphia. This will provide more people to have their grievances addressed with the support of other fellow sufferers. Even children who are now adults but were born with problems because of the use of Zoloft during pregnancy are following suit.

Zoloft is a prescription drug, and can only be obtained from a licensed medical doctor, Nevertheless, Pfizer should still have clearly and rigorously warned the public against the dangers of taking Zoloft while pregnant. If you think you have a good chance of succeeding in a Zoloft lawsuit, consult an Zoloft lawsuit attorney to assess your situation, provide you with advice on what how to go about it for a successful conclusion.

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