Zoloft Injury Lawsuit Information
Zoloft is a popular medication used to treat depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder and a variety of other mood disorders. Also known by its generic name, sertraline, Zoloft was introduced to the market in 1991 and quickly become one of the more popular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) available. With almost 30 million prescriptions filled in 2007, Zoloft became the most prescribed antidepressant on the market.
Zoloft and similar SSRIs work by boosting serotonin in the synaptic cleft of the brain. Low serotonin levels are linked to depression and anxiety, and the boost of serotonin has proven to be an effective antidote.
Zoloft Birth Defects
Recent studies have shown that newborns that were exposed to Zoloft or similar SSRIs during the first trimester have a 60 percent higher risk of birth defects. The most common Zoloft birth defects include:
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Ventricular septal defects
- Atrial septal defects
- Spina bifida
- Club foot
In September 2005, the FDA issued and alert to physicians and consumers of Zoloft to inform them of the strong correlation between serious birth defects and SSRI-use during pregnancy.
Zoloft Birth Defect Lawyers
Pfizer, the manufacturers of Zoloft, failed to adequately warn doctors and patients of the increased risk of birth defects associated with Zoloft consumption. The FDA has since advised expectant mothers and those trying to get pregnant to eliminate the use of SSRIs altogether.
At The Edwards Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers believe that when a manufacturer does not properly warn consumers of the risks associated with their products, they should be held accountable for any injuries that occur as a result.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Zoloft birth defect victims and their families or to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a dangerous drug attorney, call us today at 1-800-304-9246.
A member of our team will be able to evaluate the merits of your claim and offer guidance on the best course of action in the pursuit of compensation.