Lawsuit Claims Maker of Zoloft® Failed To Warn Patients Of Birth Defect Risk

by | April 12th, 2013

April 12, 2013

A woman has filed an Ohio Drug Injury Lawsuit against Pfizer, Inc., for failing to provide her with adequate warnings that taking the drug Zoloft® while pregnant could harm her unborn child.

An article from Injury Lawyer News contends the baby was born on December 12, 2008, after the mother had been prescribed a regimen of the antidepressant. The child was born with serious injuries as a result, including a cleft lip and palate.

Years before the child was born, several studies showed risks of birth injuries being associated with taking antidepressants. Then, in 2006, the New England Journal of Medicine published research that concluded taking Zoloft® after the 20th week of pregnancy could lead to children being born with a certain defect. A year later, two other articles were released that found similar conclusions.

The Ohio lawsuit contends that Pfizer, Inc. was aware of the risks associated with their product, yet failed to provide warnings to patients about the dangers.

The suit also names a Pfizer subsidiary as a defendant in the case.

The plaintiff is seeking a total of $75,000 in damages.

Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy and their team of Ohio Personal Injury Attorneys have been recognized for their success in handling birth injury litigation. The firm urges anyone whose child has been harmed by another’s negligence during or prior to birth to discuss their legal options with an attorney.