Manufactured by Pfizer, Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (“SSRI”) that has been linked to an increased risk of birth defects when taken by pregnant women.  Taking this antidepressant while pregnant can lead to serious Zoloft birth defects such as heart defects, persistent pulmonary hypertension (“PPHN”), lung defects, abdominal defects, cranial defects and malformations.

Historical Overview of Zoloft Birth Defects

During the past five years, several studies have concluded that there is, in fact, a link between Zoloft and birth defects.  In November 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) added its first warning regarding Zoloft birth defects.  The FDA warned that pregnant mothers who take Zoloft after the 20th week of pregnancy are at a six times greater risk of giving birth to a baby with PPHN.  In 2007, researchers noted that using Zoloft during the early stages of pregnancy leads to an increased risk of abnormal skull development, gastrointestinal abnormality and brain defects.  Thereafter, in 2009, a study published in the British Medical Journal noted that taking Zoloft during the first trimester, a time when many women are often unaware that they are pregnant, can lead to an increased risk of heart defects.  Thus, it is extremely important that women, who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are of child-bearing age consult their doctors to avoid having babies exposed to dangerous Zoloft birth defects.

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Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuits

As the dangers associated with Zoloft birth defects continue to come to light, many parents have filed lawsuits against Pfizer, alleging that the manufacturer failed to adequately research Zoloft birth defects, and failed to adequately warn women and health care providers about the possibility of delivering a baby with Zoloft birth defects.  If these women had known about the dangers of Zoloft birth defects, it is probable that they would have discontinued use or taken an alternative medication.

How to File a Zoloft Lawsuit?

If you took Zoloft during pregnancy, and your child has suffered birth defects, you may be eligible to file a Zoloft lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries and reimbursement of your expenses.  Contact one of our Zoloft injury attorneys today for a free assessment of your potential Zoloft lawsuit and find out if you are eligible for compensation.  The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients.  In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Published November 17, 2011 by