At least 25 Zoloft birth defect lawsuits are pending in the state of Texas, with dozens more throughout the country. The Zoloft lawsuits allege that the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant (SSRI) increased the risk of severe birth defects among children born to women who used the drug during pregnancy.
Patients in the Texas lawsuits claim that Zoloft manufacturer Pfizer knew about the increased risks but did not warn doctors or patients. Court documents confirmed that preclinical trials and latter studies confirmed a link between Zoloft and birth defects.
Zoloft birth defects include omphalocele, anencephaly, cleft defects, brain defects, heart defects and other congenital birth defects. According to studies, children born to women using Zoloft while pregnant are 6 times more likely to suffer from a serious condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).