Eight Zoloft lawsuits have been filed in Illinois against the manufacturer alleging that the antidepressant caused birth defects in children whose mothers used Zoloft during pregnancy. The plaintiffs in the lawsuits come from seven different states, including Texas, Florida and New York.
The children involved in the eight cases were born with severe birth defects, including heart defects, neural tube defects, cleft palate and omphalocele after their mothers took Zoloft while pregnant. The lawsuits allege that Pfizer failed to adequately warn the women of the risks caused by taking Zoloft during pregnancy.
An increasing number of patients have filed lawsuits against Pfizer after studies revealed a link between Zoloft and increased risks of severe birth defects. Women who take Zoloft while pregnant are up to six times as likely to give birth to a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).