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Pennsylvania Couple Files Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit
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Pennsylvania Couple Files Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit

By Shawn Coates

 


Zoloft Birth Defect LawsuitA Pennsylvania mother and father have recently filed a Zoloft birth defect lawsuit against Zoloft’s maker, Pfizer. According to the Zoloft birth defect lawsuit, the mother had been prescribed and began taking Zoloft during her pregnancy.

Plaintiff Christi Meyers is the mother that brings these allegations against Pfizer, alleging that as a direct result of her taking Zoloft, her baby was born with serious defects, like pulmonary valve stenosis. Christi and her husband bring charges of defective design, failure to warn, and negligence against Pfizer for their continued promotion of Zoloft without fully disclosing the possible side effects.

Meyers also claims in her Zoloft birth defect lawsuit that had she known of the possible side effects that could come to harm her baby as a result of taking Zoloft, she would have never agreed to being prescribed Zoloft in the first place.

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Bellwether Cases Selected for Upcoming Zoloft Litigation

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Bellwether Cases Selected for Upcoming Zoloft Litigation

By Amanda Antell

 

 
Zoloft Birth Defect LawsuitAs the number of Zoloft birth defect lawsuits continues to rise, several bellwether cases are being prepared for their debut in court.  These cases will set the precedent for how the remaining Zoloft lawsuits pending in multidistrict litigation will be handled.

Currently, there are more than 600 Zoloft birth defect lawsuits pending throughout the United States, with each alleging that Pfizer, Zoloft’s manufacturer, had failed to provide adequate safety warnings on their medications.  Because of this negligence, women who had been pregnant, or had soon gotten pregnant after their Zoloft prescription, had infants born with various birth defects.

The majority of Zoloft cases are consolidated in the federal court system, under United States District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  There are also several dozen individual cases pending in at least seven different states, many involving multiple collaborating families whose children were born with birth defects after being exposed to the drug.

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Couple Claims Zoloft Caused Birth Defects in Their Child

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Couple Claims Zoloft Caused Birth Defects in Their Child

By Jessica Tyner

 

 
Zoloft Birth Defect LawsuitPlaintiffs Angela and Charles Strickland filed a Zoloft lawsuit on Feb. 4, 2014, claiming that taking the drug during Angela's pregnancy resulted in congenital birth defects in their child, known only as “PS.”

The couple have joined the Zoloft MDL, where many other parents have sought a quick resolution for their claims.

“On October 22, 2009, Angela Strickland gave birth to PS in Memphis, Tennessee. PS was born with severe birth defects, including gastroschisis and other injuries such as patent ductus arteriosis, patent foramen ovale, and limb malformations,” the  Zoloft lawsuit states.  Angela and her doctor allegedly were both unaware of the risks of Zoloft side effects if taken while pregnant. Angela relied on the expertise of her doctor to make safe choices for her and her baby during her pregnancy. However, a physician is also limited to the warnings and literature available from drugmakers like Pfizer.

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Texas Mother Files Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit

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Texas Mother Files Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit

By Jessica Tyner

 

 
Zoloft Birth Defect LawsuitThe surge in Zoloft class action lawsuits has a new member, Texas mother Maria Zendejas who has filed the claim on behalf of herself and her child. She joined the Zoloft multi-district litigation on Feb. 12, 2014, where she’s in the company of other parents who discovered that mothers prescribed Zoloft during pregnancy stood at a much higher risk of giving birth to children with birth defects.
 
Zendejas' child was born on Jan. 31, 2005 and is now nine years old. However, Zendejas wasn’t aware until recently that her child’s congenital defects may have been allegedly caused by Zoloft. The child was born with “encephalopathy, hyperbilirubinemia, auditory neuropathy and other related conditions” as a result of her Zoloft prescription, according to her Zoloft lawsuit.
 
Pfizer, the maker of the drug, is facing countless similar Zoloft lawsuits as more and more parents become aware of the link. Zoloft is largely prescribed as an antidepressant but may also be prescribed for other conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In 2005, the same year that Zendejas' child was born, Zoloft was the most commonly prescribed anti-depressant on the market. Not only was it widely prescribed to pregnant women, Pfizer has been accused of intentionally marketing the drug as safe specifically toward pregnant women. Zandejas asserts that there were inadequate warnings on the boxes and literature. She says she never would have taken the drug and risked the well-being of her son if she knew the real Zoloft dangers.

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Pfizer Hit with Zoloft Lawsuit Over Serious Birth Defects

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Pfizer Hit with Zoloft Lawsuit Over Serious Birth Defects

By Courtney Coren

 

 

Zoloft Birth Defect LawsuitA Pennsylvania couple filed a Zoloft birth defect lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. after their daughter was born with several birth defects that they allege was caused by the antidepressant the mother took while she was pregnant. According to the Zoloft lawsuit, Tamara and Ronald Curtis of Forest City, Pa. became the parents of Sasha Curtis when she was born on Jan. 20, 2011. However, Sasha was born with several birth defects such as right facial palsy, pupillary asymmetry, asymmetry of nose, persistent fetal vasculature and other conditions.

The Curtises believe that the birth defects were a direct result of the Zoloft that Mrs. Curtis was taking, which she understood it to be safe to continue to use while she was pregnant. "Prior to the time that [Mrs. Curtis] ingested Zoloft during her pregnancy, [Pfizer] knew of the dangerous birth defects associated with Zoloft's use during pregnancy from the preclinical studies and the subsequent published studies confirming these risks," the Zoloft lawsuit charges.

"Defendants took no action to adequately warn or remedy the risks, but instead, concealed, suppressed, and failed to disclose the dangers. Even in the face of numerous studies, [Pfizer] continues to fail to warn of these dangers through revised drug labeling," the Zoloft lawsuit continues. Mrs. Curtis says she did not know that Zoloft had been shown to cause birth defects in the children of mothers who took it while pregnant, or she would not have continued to take the antidepressant through her pregnancy.

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