Four women in New York have filed Zoloft lawsuits against the manufacturer of the popular antidepressant. Melissa Hagan joined three other women in alleging that Pfizer failed to warn doctors and patients of the increased risks of birth defects for children born to women who take Zoloft during pregnancy.
The women allege that taking Zoloft while pregnant led to their children being born with birth defects. In 2009, Hagan’s child was born with congenital cardiac birth defects— including septal defects—and died 17 days after birth. Three other children listed in the lawsuits were born with birth defects, two of which survived.
Taking Zoloft during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of severe birth defects, including a 6-fold increase in the likelihood of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. Children born to women who use the drug while pregnant are also twice as likely to suffer from brain defects and omphalocele, a condition in which the intestines and organs form outside of the abdomen.