Zoloft Multidistrict Litigation Keeps Growing

Additional lawsuits against Pfizer, manufacturer of Zoloft, continue to accrue over the alleged link between the popular antidepressant and congenital birth defects.

Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft, is already facing over 150 lawsuits over the link between Zoloft and birth defects in babies whose mothers were taking Zoloft. This large number of lawsuits has been consolidated for efficiency purposes into one case. The multidistrict litigation is currently being heard in U.S. District Court for the Easter District of Pennsylvania.
The most recent status conference on October 17, 2012 saw the release, by Federal Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, of an order setting the preliminary discovery plan and procedures. This document governs how the plaintiffs and defendants are allowed to request information from each other about the litigation. This is just one of several preliminary steps before a settlement or trial in the litigation occurs.
The next court date is a status conference set for 10:00 am on November 19, 2012. (click here to view scheduling order).
September 6, 2012 saw an additional plaintiff join the multidistrict litigation. The mother’s child in this case was born with heart defects requiring at least two surgeries and is likely to require further surgical interventions as well other long term ongoing care. The plaintiff alleges Pfizer did not sufficiently warn doctors and patients of the dangers of taking Zoloft when pregnant.
Taking Zoloft while pregnant, even during the first trimester, has been linked to several birth defects. Among the birth defects linked to Zoloft are various heart defects, clubbed foot, skull defects, and spina bifida. Several birth defects have been linked to taking Zoloft while pregnant as well.
Zoloft has been prescribed to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and anxiety disorders since 1991.
If you were taking Zoloft before you found out you were pregnant and your child suffers from congenital  heart defects or other birth defects, there is a possibility that your child’s injury was caused by the drug — even if you stopped taking it once you found out you were pregnant! Recent litigation against manufacturers of drugs in the same class as Zoloft (SSRIs or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, including Paxil, Prozac and Lexapro) has held these drug companies accountable for their failure to warn of these risks. If you or a loved one has taken Zoloft and given birth to a child with a congenital birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation.
Do I have a Zoloft® birth defect related Lawsuit?
The lawyers at Slater Slater Schulman LLP are dedicated to the representation of plaintiffs in Zoloft® lawsuits. Our firm is handling litigation related to these injuries nationwide.
If you or someone you love has taken Zoloft® while pregnant and given birth to a child with a congenital birth defect, you should contact the Slater Slater Schulman LLP or a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at (800) 251-6990.
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