A Zoloft class action lawsuit was filed in Missouri against the manufacturer of the drug. Shainyah Lancaster and several other mothers allege that Pfizer Inc. hid information that linked Zoloft to an increased risk of birth defects.
The women claim they were prescribed and took Zoloft during their pregnancies. They all gave birth to children with severe birth defects, including congenital heart defects. The lawsuit alleges Pfizer knew of the potential for increased risks, but failed to warn doctors.
Zoloft has been linked to an increased risk of birth defects in multiple studies. In 2007, a New England Journal of Medicine study found that women who take Zoloft or other antidepressants in its class are twice as likely to give birth to children with septal defects and other types of heart defects.