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March 5, 2013 / Amanda Greenburg

Mother Sues Pfizer Over Her Child’s Birth Defects

Another lawsuit against Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft, has been filed.  A Kentucky mother alleges that her child was born with congenital birth defects as a result of her ingestion of Zoloft throughout her pregnancy.


Her child was born with severe congenital birth defects, including patent ductus arteriosus and other medical issues. As a result of these injuries, the child has had to undergo heart surgery as well as other serious and life-threatening medical treatments.

In 1991, Zoloft received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to treat depression.   According to the lawsuit, the FDA never approved the antidepressant medication for women who were pregnant.  Regardless, thousands of pregnant women have been given Zoloft prescriptions since then.

The Kentucky mother alleges that Pfizer was aware, or at the very least should have been aware, the risk that Zoloft posed to pregnant women.  Specifically, she alleges that Zoloft should have known as early as 1996 which well in advance of her pregnancy which occurred in 2006 and 2007.   Studies showed that pregnant women on Zoloft had an increased risk of heart malformation and other abnormalities.   The studies further showed to extensive hospital stays, lower birth rates, lower gestational age and lower APGAR score.  Despite these studies, the Kentucky mother alleges that the Pfizer provided false information by downplaying the risks if ingested while pregnant.

If you or a loved one has a child who has been harmed by the mother’s ingestion of a drug, please contact Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.


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