A New Jersey couple has filed a Zoloft lawsuit, alleging that the drug caused their infant son to be born with a birth defect. Brian and Jennifer Fox joined the multi-district litigation against drug manufacturer Pfizer, claiming that the company failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risks of birth defects associated with Zoloft.
Jennifer Fox took prescription Zoloft during her pregnancy. In 2008, her son was born with hypospadias, a birth defect in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis as opposed to the end.
Zoloft is one of the top-selling antidepressants in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Several studies have linked Zoloft to severe side effects among women who take the drug during pregnancy, including heart defects and other congenital birth defects.