Zoloft is a drug that is prescribed to treat anxiety and depression. It was brought into the American market in 1991 by Pfizer, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Due to its marketing, Zoloft quickly became of the most used antidepressants in the United States. However, in recent years a connection has been made between pregnant mothers who took Zoloft and cases of birth defects and autism in their children. The birth defects include, but are not limited to:
- Tetralogy of fallot
- Transposition of the great arteries
- Atrial septal defects
- Ventricular septal defects
- Hole in the heart
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Skull defects
These Zoloft birth defects can be very difficult to treat, and children may have to undergo multiple kinds of surgeries in order to help treat – or reduce – the injuries. Many of these conditions are fatal. Even with proper treatment, it is common for children to have to return to the hospital and monitor their own health closely due to the risks these defects present for their entire lives. The University of Montreal carried a studied that revealed women who took Zoloft were twice as likely to have a child diagnosed with autism by the time they were seven years old.
Both mothers who took the antidepressant and adults who suffered from Zoloft birth defects back when they were children have filed lawsuits against Pfizer. There is already a large number of Zoloft lawsuits filed against Pfizer, so much so that they have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation in order to make the process smoother.
As a mother who has taken Zoloft when pregnant, or as someone who experienced Zoloft birth defects when young, you still have the option of filing a lawsuit against Pfizer to get the compensation that you deserve. Pfizer did not warn consumer about the drug’s dangers. Their failure to test the drug properly makes them liable for the injuries that the product causes. A qualified pharmaceutical attorney can help guide you through your legal rights and consult you on what you can do for a Zoloft lawsuit. Contact After Personal Injury today to connect with a lawyer that understands your needs.