Despite Lawsuits and FDA Birth Defect Warning, Zoloft Remains on Market

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Despite warnings about the safety of taking antidepressants during pregnancy and the multiple lawsuits filed by parents of children born with birth defects, experts say it is unlikely that companies like Pfizer will voluntarily recall a drug like Zoloft.

Several studies and the Food and Drug Administration have warned that taking antidepressant drugs like Zoloft during pregnancy can increase the risk of birth defects. A Missouri couple became the latest to file a lawsuit against Pfizer claiming the drug caused their child’s birth defects and eventual death.

However, Zoloft has become one of the most popular antidepressant drugs in the world since its release in 1991. It is estimated that up to 100 million people have taken the drug, earnings billions in profits for Pfizer. With the continuing popularity and potential profits of Zoloft, it is highly unlikely that a drug company will take it off the market.

The FDA, New England Journal of Medicine, Boston University, National Birth Defects Prevention Study of Infants, Aarhus University in Denmark and the Institute of Reproductive Toxicology at the University of Ulm, Germany have all warned that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants like Zoloft can cause serious birth defects when taken during pregnancy.

According to these studies, the most common birth defects include heart defects, lung conditions, brain defects, skull deformities, club foot, spinal defects and abdominal defects.

On October 26, a Missouri family filed a Zoloft lawsuit against Pfizer claiming that the drug caused their daughter’s birth defects and infant death. The case is the latest of many filed against the drug company.

In case number 1:2011cv07599, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Paula Peska and Scott Day claim their daughter was born on October 27, 2009 with several heart defects including ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect and pulmonary valve atresia after her mother took Zoloft during pregnancy. The child passed away one day later.

The Zoloft lawsuit further claims that Pfizer knew for years that their drug was dangerous to infants when taken during pregnancy, but intentionally covered up the information.

If you took an antidepressant like Zoloft during pregnancy and your child was born with birth defects, it is important to learn your legal rights as soon as possible. While there is no Zoloft class action lawsuit, a Zoloft lawyer can discuss your options for an individual case. The time to file a claim, however, is limited. contains more information on Zoloft, the symptoms and birth defects linked to the drug, lawsuit news, Frequently Asked Questions, treatment options for your child’s condition and how to find a qualified lawyer to help them recover from their injury.


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