Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 03, 2013
Pfizer, the drug manufacturer behind the popular antidepressant Zoloft, has requested that a class action lawsuit be combined with the company’s existing multidistrict litigation, this according to a February 28 Reuters report. The multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania—which involves approximately 250 plaintiffs—accuses Zoloft of contributing to severe birth defects, while the class action lawsuit in California accuses Zoloft of being no more effective than placebo.
According to Reuters, The clerk of the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Jeffery Luthi, rejected Pfizer’s request, determining that the consumer class action was "not appropriate" for inclusion in the consolidated birth defect litigation. The multidistrict litigation and class action lawsuit will proceed as scheduled on opposite sides of the country.
Jeff Nadrich, a Zoloft attorney who has been closely monitoring the multidistrict litigation, recently weighed in about the new development on his blog. According to Nadrich, “Though this is speculation, it seems highly possible that Pfizer wishes to use the class action lawsuit to its advantage. If the drug maker can draw attention to accusations of poor efficacy, this might raise questions about Zoloft’s ability to cause birth defects.”
Nadrich, a 25-year legal veteran, believes that accusations of poor efficacy and dangerous side effects should be weighed separately. “A drug can cause dangerous side effects without achieving its intended purpose. The two points are not mutually exclusive, and therefore, each should be examined on its own merits.”
Nadrich encourages Zoloft users to speak with the doctor if the drug fails to alleviate depression symptoms, or if the user becomes pregnant or plans to become pregnant. He also urges side effects sufferers to seek medical attention right away.
About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeffrey Nadrich is a personal injury attorney with Nadrich & Cohen, a California based law firm with offices in 18 locations across California. The firm has offices in Arcadia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Modesto, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Tracy. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and serious injury accident cases, including auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, dog bites, defective product cases and nursing home abuse. Victims are encouraged to call 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney.
*The cases are Plumlee v. Pfizer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, No. 13-414; and In Re: Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, No. 12-2342.