Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuit
Women who take SSRI antidepressants while they are pregnant face an increased risk having children with birth defects. If you or someone you love has taken Zoloft and given birth to a child with a birth defect, give us a call today at 803.252.4800 for a free case evaluation. You could be entitled to compensation.
Common birth defects after taking Zoloft while pregnant include:
- Congenital heart lesions & anomalies
- Down’s syndrome
- Undescended testes in males
- Spina bifida
- Clubfoot (one or both feet turn downward and inward)
- Septal defects; Cleft lip and/or cleft palate
Zoloft Heart Defects
Zoloft, (sertraline hydrochloride), was approved by the FDA and introduced into the market in 1991. In December 2005, the FDA issued a public health advisory warning stating that the of certain antidepressants during the first trimester of pregnancy could correlate to an increased risk of birth defects.
Studies by the New England Journal of Medicine have found that Zoloft can increase the risk of serious heart defects when women take the drug during pregnancy. Pregnant women taking Zoloft are six times more likely to give birth to a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). The study also states women are twice as likely to give birth to a child with septal defects or ventricular outflow tract defects.
Despite a number of studies linking Zoloft to severe birth defects, the FDA says they have no plans to recall the drug. Patients who gave birth to a child with heart defects or other side effects may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Zoloft lawsuits claim that the drug makers failed to adequately research the effect of Zoloft when used during pregnancy. The lawsuit also claims that the company did not provide adequate warnings to consumers or the medical community that using the drug during pregnancy may leave children with serious and potentially fatal health problems.
How to File a Zoloft Claim
If you or someone you love took Zoloft and suffered a birth defect or malformation, you could be entitled to compensation because the injuries may have been prevented if adequate warnings had been provided about the risk associated with using Zoloft during pregnancy.
The pharmaceutical liability lawyers at The Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. are at the forefront of the fight to protect the public, and will stand up for your rights against the big drug and insurance companies. We will fight to ensure that you and your loved ones receive the justice you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case as well as your legal rights.