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Parents file Zoloft birth defects lawsuit after daughter’s death

January 10th, 2012

A Missouri family has filed a Zoloft lawsuit after their infant daughter was born with birth defects. The lawsuit alleges that the antidepressant’s manufacturer knew about the increased risk of birth defects in women who take Zoloft during pregnancy, but failed to properly warn patients.

Paula Peska—who used Zoloft while pregnant—and Scott Day filed the lawsuit after their daughter was born with severe heart defects, including ventricular septal defect and pulmonary valve atresia. She died from complications from these conditions shortly after birth.

Multiple studies have linked Zoloft and other antidepressants to an increased risk of severe birth defects. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who use Zoloft during pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to a child with heart defects. According to another study, women who use Zoloft during the third trimester of pregnancy are six times more likely to have a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

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