Lawsuit Claims Zoloft Caused Baby’s Death

By on January 10, 2013

An Illinois couple is suing Pfizer over allegations that their son died after the mother used Zoloft before his birth.   The complaint, filed on December 7, 2012, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, states that the baby died from hypoplastic left heart syndrome and experienced syndactyly from exposure to Zoloft.

The couple is asking for financial, actual, general and special damages, in addition to earnings capacity, medical costs and other expenses through a Zoloft birth defect lawsuit settlement.

The couple said in the complaint that Pfizer should have warned consumers about the serious risks and medical consequences to an unborn fetus.  The lawsuit adds that Pfizer knew or should have been aware of the hazardous pregnancy side effects of SSRI antidepressants, such as Zoloft, could result in several congenital birth defects.  The couple also allege that Pfizer knew women who had been taking Zoloft while pregnant and had given birth to babies with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), as well as other cardiac ailments.  Pfizer also allegedly withheld adverse information from consumers and medical professionals, the complaint adds.

Similar drugs such as Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, and Prozac have also been found to possibly result in birth defects if they were used at any time before giving birth.  The danger of having an infant with a birth defect drastically increases if an SSRI antidepressant such as Zoloft was taken within the first trimester of a pregnancy.

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