Zoloft, first marketed and sold in the United States in 1991, is one of the most popular anti-depressants prescribed. The drug, however, has come under recent scrutiny for potentially increasing the risk of birth defects when taken by pregnant women.
Zoloft, the brand name for sertraline, is used to treat depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Unfortunately, users of the medication claim that Pfizer did not adequately warn them of the dangers of the medication and have filed hundreds of cases against the pharmaceutical giant. Some cases have been combined through multidistrict litigation and submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Other cases are pending at the federal level and are not part of the MDL case, and still others are pending in state courts.
Despite where the litigation resides, the claims of the plaintiffs are similar. Users claim the drug has increased the risk of serious birth defects, including heart defects, pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), holes in the heart, cleft palate, club feet, and spina bifida.
Pfizer Inc. is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies. They are headquartered in New York City, but they have facilities throughout the world, including a research facility headquartered in Groton, Connecticut. Pfizer was founded in 1849 by two cousins Charles F. Erhart and Charles Pfizer. Pfizer has made numerous acquisitions over the last one hundred and fifty years which has made it one of the most profitable pharmaceutical companies in the world.
In recent years the company has been plagued by a variety of lawsuits, including a lawsuit against them in 2003. They settled this case for an estimated $2.3 billion making it the largest health care fraud settlement at that time.
Pfizer has made billions of dollars marketing and selling a variety of medications. Pfizer, like all product manufactures, has a duty to warn users of the potential risks of their products. Manufacturers and product distributors who fail to perform their legal duties can be held financial liable for any injuries caused by their products. Zoloft lawsuits which have currently been filed against Pfizer claim the company, “took no action to adequately warn or remedy the risks, but instead concealed, suppressed, and failed to disclose the dangers.”
If you have a child who has suffered or is suffering ventricular septal defects, abdominal defects, atrial septal defects, persistent pulmonary hypertenstion, tetralogy of fallot with pulmonary atresia, club feet, congenital heart defects, transposition of the great arteries, skull defects or spina bifida it could be the result of taking Zoloft.