When it was first approved by the FDA in 1991, Zoloft (sertraline) was among the most popular of a new class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Marketed as an effective treatment for several mental health problems (including obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety), Zoloft was embraced by health care professionals, who wrote more than 30 million prescriptions for the drug.
While anti-depressant drug Zoloft has been one of the most prescribed drugs in medical history, it has also been one of the most controversial; Zoloft’s manufacturer now is now defending itself against numerous lawsuits filed across the country. Most of these Zoloft lawsuits involve allegations, many of which have also been raised in medical research studies, that the use of the medication by women can cause serious, life-threatening birth defects in their newborns.
Since it’s release, serious questions about the safety of Zoloft have been raised. The FDA issued health warnings about the increased risk of patients suffering suicidal thoughts. The New England Journal of Medicine and other publications profiled studies linked Zoloft to numerous birth defects, including persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, which can cause lung failure.
More cases of birth defects in infants born to mothers who used Zoloft have been reported in recent years. Among these conditions were brain, heart, abdominal, and limb defects.
Allegations contained in Zoloft lawsuits detail tragic consequences as a result of the use of the medication. Lawsuits claim that Pfizer was negligent in not informing patients and government regulators about dangerous side effects that could occur as a result of use of the drug.
If you or a loved one had a infant who suffered birth defects that may have been caused by Zoloft use, please contact us as soon as possible for a free, no obligation legal consultation.