New York, New York (PRWEB) March 10, 2013
Zoloft lawsuits pending in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, are heading towards discovery, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a Pretrial Order dated February 28th, the federal judge overseeing the Zoloft birth defects litigation has appointed a Special Discovery Master to work with the parties to coordinate discovery. Seventy-five Zoloft lawsuits have been transferred to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since the litigation was established last spring, and another 180 claims have been filed there directly, according to the Order. (In Re: Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation - MDL 2342)
“We continue to hear from families whose children have been stricken with alleged Zoloft birth defects. We are pleased to see these cases moving forward,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free Zoloft lawsuit consultations to victims of birth defects allegedly associated with the drug.
Zoloft Birth Defects
Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant used to treat major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and anxiety disorders. All of the Zoloft lawsuits pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania allege that use of Zoloft during pregnancy can increase the risk of delivering a child with severe birth defects, including pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN), spina bifida and other neural tube defects, heart defects, abdominal defects, and club foot. In November 2006, the FDA added warnings about a potential risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN) from Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants when taken after the 20th week of pregnancy.* A second study published in the British Medical Journal in September 2009 found that SSRI antidepressants like Zoloft increase the risk of heart defects when taken during the first trimester.**
Victims of possible Zoloft side effects may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn more about alleged Zoloft birth defects please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For additional information, contact a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by calling (877) 779-1414.
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