Zoloft lawsuits are on the rise. A federal Zoloft lawsuit is filed in the federal MDL court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and “involves allegations that Zoloft, a prescription medication approved for the treatment of depression and other ailments, causes birth defects in children when their mothers ingest the drug while pregnant.” And, Pfizer and the other defendants in a zoloft lawsuit deny these allegations.
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A report published on NIH, describes the findings of the study that suggest that individual SSRIs (e.g., Paxil, Zoloft …) may confer increased risks for some specific defects – craniosynostosis, omphalocele, or heart defects (septal, ventricular) but it should be recognized that the specific defects implicated are rare and the absolute risks are small.
Sertraline hydrochloride, marketed by Pfizer as Zoloft, is an SSRI-class antidepressant drug used to treat major depression, obsessive-compulsive behavior, panic and social anxiety disorders. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the use of Zoloft during pregnancy may pose a serious risk to the developing baby, including:
- an increased risk of heart defects;
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN);
- omphalocele (an abdominal wall defect through which a sac containing the small intestine, liver, and large intestine protrudes); and
- craniosynostosis (early closing of skull sutures resulting in an abnormally-shaped head).
If you or a loved one has suffered from a birth defect you believe was caused by an SSRI like Zoloft during use while pregnant, please contact us so our experienced defective drug injury lawyers can discuss your case with you and help you file a zoloft lawsuit.
At the Gooch Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients reliable representation for even the most challenging cases. If you or someone you love has suffered negative health effects (e.g., birth injury or birth defect) as a result of Zoloft use during pregnancy and need help filing a zoloft lawsuit, contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.
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