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April 22, 2013 / Brandon Brouillette

Pfizer Sued for Failure to Warn That Zoloft May Cause Birth Defects

On November 28, 2012, in the U.S. District Court or the Northern District of Florida, a Grandmother of a child born with birth defects filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, makers of the antidepressant Zoloft, for failing to warn her daughter that taking Zoloft during pregnancy could lead to birth defects.  The complaint alleges that the child was born with a severe heart defect that was directly caused by the mother taking Zoloft during her pregnancy and that Pfizer did not provide an adequate warning of such a possibility. According to the Complaint, had these side effects been known, the mother would have been able to make an informed decision as to whether taking Zoloft was worth the potential risks.

The allegations of the lawsuit are nothing new, as Pfizer and manufacturers of other SSRI (“selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors”) antidepressants on the market, have been sued countless times for failing to warn of their dangerous and potentially harmful side effects.  What makes this case somewhat unique however, is that it is a grandparent that alleges she has standing to sue as a result of injuries suffered by her grandchild, and not the direct parents of the child-victim.

If you or someone you know has been prescribed Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, Prozan or any other drug medication that you believe has cause you or a loved one to suffer birth defects or other injuries, please  contact the attorneys of Khorrami, LLP for a free confidential consultation regarding your potential claims.

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