An Ohio couple has filed a Zoloft lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer. Susan and James Hodge are suing Pfizer and Cardinal Health for the death of their infant son following the mother’s use of Zoloft during pregnancy.
Susan Hodge had been taking Zoloft prior to her pregnancy and continued using the drug while pregnant. Her infant son was born with a significant portion of his brain missing — a condition known as anencephaly — and died 18 hours after birth.
The Hodges allege that Pfizer knew taking Zoloft during could increase the risk of birth defects but failed to warn consumers. Zoloft has been linked to an increased risk of severe birth defects, including septal defects, ventricular outflow tract defects, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) and outer heart defects.