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Zoloft Heart Birth Defect Lawsuits

Zoloft  the antidepressant has been hit by lawsuits alleging that the drug has affected women who took the medicine while pregnant and has resulted in babies being born with heart birth defects.   The lawsuits state that the manufacturer of Zoloft knew that there were risks associated with taking the drug during pregnancy and that adequate warning was not issued to patients and doctors.

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The latest lawsuit states that the drug caused a baby to be born with a congenital birth defect and that Pfizer did not warn patients using the drug of the risks and that they concealed and suppressed information about Zoloft use while pregnant.

Zoloft is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and that these types of antidepressants had been introduced while they were linked to an increased risk of certain congenital defects including Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension and other heart defects.

Originally the  US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued a warning that SSRIs stating that the drug could possibly cause an increased risk of pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. This was retracted during December of 2011 stating that links between use while pregnant and pulmonary hypertension was premature.

Parents with babies born with these types of heart problems after use of Zoloft have blames the drug and it’s manufacturer Pfizer and they have filed lawsuits against Pfizer alleging its drug caused birth defects and accusing Pfizer of negligence and fraud.

The FDA currently does not have a definitive stance regarding SSRI medications and so women are left to determine the risks of using the drugs or having untreated depression while pregnant.

 

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