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Louisiana couple files Zoloft birth defects lawsuit

February 22nd, 2012

A Louisiana couple has filed a Zoloft lawsuit against the manufacturer of the antidepressant. In their lawsuit, Terry and Nelda Rolling allege that Pfizer failed to warn patients about the increased risks of birth defects among children who are born to women who use Zoloft while pregnant.

The Rollings’ lawsuit alleges that their child was born with congenital birth defects as a result of using Zoloft during the pregnancy. They also allege that Pfizer—the drug’s manufacturer—knew as early as 1996 that Zoloft may increase the risk of birth defects, but failed to warn patients about this risk.

A 2007 New England Journal of Medicine report found that women who take antidepressants such as Zoloft while pregnant are twice as likely to give birth to a child with severe heart defects and other congenital birth defects. It has also been linked to an increased risk of several severe birth defects, including persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), which is a potentially severe circulatory condition.

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