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Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of anti-depressant medications that are linked to serious and life threatening birth defects for babies who are exposed to them during pregnancy. One of these drugs, Zoloft, has been found to more than triple the risk of serious and deadly birth defects when taken during pregnancy.
Zoloft manufacturer Pfizer had a responsibility to warn women who were taking Zoloft that it could cause birth defects, but the pharmaceutical giant failed to do so. This failure endangered the health and lives of every newborn whose mother unknowingly took Zoloft during pregnancy. Filing a claim against Pfizer shows the company that its negligent behavior will not be tolerated. Furthermore, claims filed against Pfizer could result in proper warnings being issued to women to spare unborn babies and their families the devastation that yours experienced.
In 2009, the British Medical Journal published a study that found Zoloft use during pregnancy triples a baby’s risk of developing congenital heart defects. The results of this study encouraged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to force Pfizer to change Zoloft’s label, so that it indicates some of the serious risks to unborn children. Heart defects that may be caused by drugs like Zoloft include:
Maternal use of Zoloft during pregnancy may also increase the risk of infants being born with spina bifida or other defects of the brain and spinal cord. These defects are known as neural tube defects (NTDs) and infants prenatally exposed to Zoloft may experience:
According to the University of Ulm, Germany’s Institute of Reproductive Toxicity and Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center, women who took an SSRI such as Zoloft while pregnant may gave birth to children with club foot.
The National Birth Defects Prevention Study released information that links Zoloft to the risk of two congenital abnormalities: craniosynostosis and omphalocele.
If your baby was born with a birth defect after being exposed to Zoloft, or another SSRI anti-depressant, you and your family deserve compensation for the associated physical, financial and emotional suffering. Please contact the qualified Zoloft attorneys at Oshman & Mirisola to learn more about your legal rights and options. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation during which we will evaluate your case and determine the best way to help you and your family.
Victims across the country are currently submitting their information to determine if a lawsuit against Pfizer will get their family compensation to offset the burdens of Zoloft injury. Take the first step in finding justice for your loved one by filling out the form today.