Kentucky Zoloft Lawsuits
More than 1,000 product liability lawsuits are currently filed against Pfizer, the maker of Zoloft, alleging that the drug has caused severe birth defects. The first Zoloft case went to trial in April of 2015, and Pfizer was successful in defending the lawsuit. However, in June of 2015 an internal Pfizer document emerged that indicates researchers alerted Pfizer executives of a possible link between Zoloft and birth defects. The document also recommended that Pfizer add a safety warning to Zoloft warning of potential links between Zoloft and birth defects.
What is Zoloft?
Zoloft is manufactured and marketed as a treatment for depression. Its generic version is called sertraline. It is one of many Depression drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs work by altering a neurotransmitter in the brain called serotonin which seems to positively affect mood.
Lawsuits are alleging that Pfizer marketed Zoloft to doctors as a safe treatment for depression even though Pfizer had no proven clinical studies showing that Zoloft was safe for pregnant women. In fact, in 1999 Pfizer had access to side-effect reports from 50 pregnant women showing a possible link between Zoloft and congenital abnormalities. Additionally, a Danish study involving 800 women from 1997 to 2009 found “There is an increased prevalence of septal heart defects among children whose mothers were prescribed an SSRI in early pregnancy, particularly sertraline and citalopram.” Because Pfizer did not warn users of Zoloft and doctors who prescribed Zoloft of the possibilities of birth defects, some in medical and legal fields believe that there should be accountability on the part of Pfizer.
Zoloft Birth Defects
Some of the health risks linked to Zoloft include:
- A hole in the atrial or ventricular septum (Atrial Septal Defect)
- Ventricular Septal Defect
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
- Omphalocele (abdominal defect where the intestines protrude through the navel)
- Congential heart defects
- Coarctation of the aorta – narrowing of the arteries
What if I think I have a Zoloft Case in Kentucky?
Please contact Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC a Kentucky plaintiff lawyer. Parents of children with birth defects face both emotional and financial burdens. There are potentially large medical bills, ongoing care costs, lost wages, and medication costs associated with a child suffering with a birth defect. If you were prescribed Zoloft and have a child with birth defects, please contact Brett. He can help you investigate your options including the possibility of pursuing a law suit against the manufacturer of Zoloft and help you determine if you may be entitled to financial compensation for your suffering. Call Brett at (502) 242-8877 for a free consultation.