Pfizer, the maker of antidepressant Zoloft, is facing more lawsuits from parents who allege that the drug caused serious birth defects.
The lawsuits were filed last month in the St. Clair County, Illinois Circuit Court. Two of the plaintiffs are Illinois residents, while the remaining six are from Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, New York and Texas.
According to court documents, the lawsuits allege that Zoloft caused serious birth defects in children born to each of the plaintiffs. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Zoloft caused heart defects, neural tube defects, gastroschisis, omphalocele, craniosynostosis, cleft lip, club foot, anal atresia and limb reduction defects. The plaintiffs’ attorneys allege that Pfizer knew that Zoloft could cross the placenta during pregnancy, which could result in serious birth defects. The complaint also states that Pfizer continued to market Zoloft as the safest antidepressant for use in pregnant women, despite its knowledge of the potential risks.
The complainants are suing on grounds of product liability, breach of warranty, negligence, misrepresentation by omission, fraud by concealment, breach of implied warranties and violations of consumer protection laws. Each plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount of damages to cover their medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.
The latest legal filings come on the heels of a lawsuit filed by a Missouri couple in October, which alleges that Zoloft directly resulted in the death of their infant daughter. In that case, the mother claims that she used Zoloft while pregnant and that her daughter was born with a severe heart defect. The baby died just one day later.
These lawsuits represent a growing trend among women who claim their children suffered birth defects after antidepressant use during pregnancy. Last month, a similar lawsuit was filed against Abbott Laboratories by an Illinois mother who claimed that Depakote caused her daughter to be born with spina bifida. More lawsuits may be expected following the recent publication of a research study which suggested, that SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft and Paxil may be linked to an increased rate of autism in young children.
If you or someone you love has given birth to a child with serious birth defects after using Zoloft, you need to speak with an experienced birth defects attorney. The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP specializes in assisting parents whose children have been inadvertently injured by SSRI antidepressants and other harmful prescription drugs.
Contact our expert team of birth defects lawyers by calling 1-800-722-0765 today. Your initial case evaluation is absolutely free and all cases are accepted on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless we recover a judgment on your behalf. Call today to speak with one of our California birth defects attorneys to find out how you can get the compensation you’re entitled to for your Zoloft birth defects case.