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Zoloft Recall?

Clinical studies have found that women who use the antidepressant Zoloft while pregnant are more likely to give birth to a child with heart defects or other forms of birth defects. But despite these findings, neither the Food and Drug Administration or Pfizer—the drug’s manufacturer—have announced plans to recall Zoloft.

In July 2006, the FDA issued a warning that pregnant women taking Zoloft or similar antidepressants were six times more likely to give birth to a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Children born with PPHN face an increased risk of mortality and often require surgery in order to correct the circulatory condition. Researchers have also linked the use of Zoloft while pregnant to other heart defects and birth defects, including septal defects, ventricular tract defects, craniosynostosis and omphalocele.

Taking Zoloft during pregnancy may also increase the risk of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), bicuspid aortic valve, Tetralogy of Fallot, coarctation of the aorta, transposition of the great arteries, cleft mitral valve, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), tricuspid stenosis and cardiomyopathy in newborns.

Although the FDA has not announced plans to issue a Zoloft recall in spite of the dangers associated with the drug, the agency has advised doctors and patients to discuss the potential risk of birth defects that Zoloft could cause for pregnant women.

If you or a loved one used Zoloft or other antidepressants during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with heart defects or other birth defects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.

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