If you took Zoloft for treatment of anxiety or depression during your pregnancy, and you have a child with birth defects, you could file a claim against the manufacturer. Currently, there are lawsuits in courts all over the U.S.
What is Zoloft Used For?
The FDA approved the use of Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride) as a tool to aid in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and depression. This medication is manufactured by Pfizer, and comes in 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg pills.
SSRIs and Birth Defects
Zoloft is one of the SSRI drugs – Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. These medications have recently come under scrutiny due to birth defects found in children whose mothers took SSRIs during pregnancy.
Birth defects found in Zoloft pregnancy children range in severity. Some birth defects are comparatively minor, such as club foot or cleft lip. Yet, other birth defects are extensive, such as heart defects and craniosynostosis.
Current Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuits
Zoloft birth defect lawsuits are numerous and widespread. According to LexisNexis, in April 2012 the Zoloft MDL was created in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This MDL (multi-district litigation) combined more than 92 federal cases against Pfizer, alleging that Zoloft had caused significant birth defects when taken by pregnant women. The request to establish an MDL was filed by Pfizer, with numerous plaintiffs (injured parties) objecting, but the request was granted and Judge Cynthia M. Rufe was appointed as the supervising judge.
Experience Really Counts
Having an experienced, knowledgeable attorney on your side can be very beneficial in a birth defects case. Knowing how to respond to complicated motions and rulings can make the difference in your lawsuit. Give us a call to schedule your free consultation with an attorney who has experience dealing with these cases.