A Florida grandmother has filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, the manufacturer of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant Zoloft, claiming that her grandchild suffered serious heart defects because her daughter took the drug during her pregnancy in 2008.
The grandmother filed her lawsuit on November 28, 2012 at the United States’ District Court for the Northern District of Florida (Pensacola). She alleges that Pfizer failed to adequately warn about potential harmful side effects of Zoloft if taken during pregnancy.
The infant was rushed to intensive care immediately after birth when it was determined the child was born with Supraventricular Tachycardia, a condition in which the heart’s electrical system does not work correctly and leads to elevated heart rates. The suit claims that the child requires constant monitoring.