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Zoloft birth defects lawsuit filed in Florida

March 9th, 2012

A Zoloft birth defects lawsuit has been filed in Florida against the manufacturer of the antidepressant drug. Stephanie Williams alleges that Pfizer failed to properly warn patients that taking Zoloft during pregnancy could lead to an increased risk of serious birth defects.

According to the lawsuit, Williams took prescription Zoloft during her pregnancy in 2004. She gave birth to a child with craniosynostosis—a condition in which the child’s skull closes too early and limits normal brain growth. The child passed away shortly after birth.

Zoloft is a top-selling drug from a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that women who use Zoloft during pregnancy are at an increased risk of giving birth to a child with serious congenital birth defects. So far, the agency has not announced any plans to recall Zoloft due to this increased risk.

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