Zoloft and Birth Defects

zoloft-birth-defectsZoloft (Sertraline) is in a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Pfizer, Inc. introduced Zoloft onto the United States market in 1991. Zoloft is used primarily to treat depression, anxiety disorder, panic disorderspost-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological conditions. By 2007, Zoloft was the most prescribed antidepressant in the United States with approximately 29,652,000 prescriptions.

Zoloft is currently classified as a Pregnancy Category C drug. There has been animal study evidence indicating that Zoloft (Sertraline) may have an adverse effect on the fetus when ingested during pregnancy.

Studies Have Indicated a Link Between Zoloft and Birth Defects

Zoloft has been linked to birth defects since 2006 including intestinal, heart and respiratory defects:

  • In 2007, the New England Journal of Medicine found an increased risk of omphalocele (intestines protruding through the belly button), heart septal defects (atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect), anal atresia and limb reduction defects associated with Zoloft (Sertraline)
  • In 2009, the British Medical Journal indicated an increased fetal risk of heartseptal defects (atrial septal defect and ventricular septal defect) in women who ingested Zoloft (Sertraline) during pregnancy
  • In 2010, the Clinical Epidemiology revealed an overall risk of cardiac malformations, particularly septal defects associated with Zoloft (Sertraline)
  • In 2011, the Birth Defects Research journal disclosed a link between respiratory system defects and Zoloft (Sertraline)

Additionally, the FDA issued a warning in 2006, for all SSRIs including Zoloft, regarding the association between persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (“PPHN”) and SSRIs.

Zoloft Lawsuit

Pierce | Skrabanek has extensive experience handling birth defect lawsuits. Currently, there are several hundred lawsuits filed in Multi-District Litigation before Honorable Cynthia Rufe. Additional lawsuits have been filed in Illinois, Missouri, New York and Pennsylvania state courts.

It is important to contact a lawyer with the knowledge necessary to handle your birth defect lawsuit. We are currently accepting Zoloft birth defect cases. Please contact us for a free case evaluation.