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Zoloft Side Effect Caused Heart Defect Alleges Lawsuit
By Scott Hardy
An Ohio couple has filed a lawsuit alleging that taking Zoloft while pregnant led to their son being born with a severe and deadly heart defect. Karen and Jim Doyle state in the Zoloft birth defect lawsuit that Karen's doctor prescribed Zoloft to treat depression in 1996. Karen became pregnant seven months later but because neither she, nor her doctor, were aware of the risk of birth defects if taking Zoloft while pregnant.
Cardiovascular birth defects aren't the only birth defects Zoloft and other SSRI drugs may cause if taken while pregnant. Other birth defects include Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN), Atrial Septal Defects (ASD), ventricular septal defects (VSD), abdominal birth defects (omphalocele), cranial birth defects (craniosynotosis), aorta coarctation, hypoplastic right or left heart syndrome, transposition of the great arteries (TGA), tetralogy of fallot (TOF), spina bifida and club feet.
Karen's Zoloft birth defect lawsuit states that Pfizer was aware of the link between Zoloft and birth defects but did not discourage Zoloft's use by pregnant women. Karen's son was born with a malformed heart on August 1st, 1997. He had to have his first surgery to fix his hear when he was only 8.5 months old. Karen's son had his second surgery in 2001 and a third surgery in 2009.
Antidepressant drugs have been found to cause serious and severe birth defects like congenital heart defects, low birth weight, still birth or their babies were born with PPHN. Thousand of parents are expected to file lawsuits against Pfizer to help pay for medical treatment and pain and suffering which their children have endured to fix or treat Zoloft related birth defects.
Birth defects may be caused by many different medications (not just SSRI antidepressant drugs like Zoloft) and only an attorney and your doctor can determine if one of the medications taken during pregnancy may be responsible for the birth defect. Many Zoloft lawsuits state that before Zoloft was approved by the FDA in 1991 Pfizer conducted animal trials which found that Zoloft caused severe side effects in animal fetuses. Even though Pfizer knew of the risk of birth defects Zoloft lawsuits allege that Pfizer did nothing to warn doctors and patients of the risk.
Some patients on Zoloft have opted to file a Zoloft class action lawsuit. Filing a Zoloft class action lawsuit may not be in the best interest of everyone. It's important that those affected by Zoloft side effects speak with a qualified Zoloft attorney to determine their best course of action which may be filing an individual lawsuit against Pfizer. If your baby was born with a birth defect and you were taking Zoloft, another antidepressant SSRI drug like Paxil, or another medication, you should speak with an experienced birth defect attorney.
If you would like more information about filing a Zoloft birth defect class action lawsuit, would like to contact a Zoloft birth defect attorney, or would like to file an individual Zoloft birth defect lawsuit just go to the Zoloft Birth Defect Class Action Lawsuit Investigation page. You can submit your information to attorneys who specialize in Zoloft related birth defect lawsuits, and other SSRI antidepressant drug birth defect lawsuits, that are actively investigating all claims regarding birth defects like Craniosynostosis, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN), Atrial Septal Defects (ASD), ventricular septal defects (VSD), abdominal birth defects (omphalocele), cranial birth defects (craniosynotosis), aorta coarctation, hypoplastic right or left heart syndrome, transposition of the great arteries (TGA), tetralogy of fallot (TOF), spina bifida, Autism, club feet and other problems which may be attributed to Zoloft or another anti-depressant (SSRI) drug taken while pregnant. It is Pfizer's responsibility to properly warn users of their drugs of the possibility of severe birth defects and if you feel you were not warned of the risk of birth defects an attorney may be able to help. Contact a Zoloft birth defect attorney now.
Updated May 22nd, 2012
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