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.
The lawsuit also alleges that the child was born with clubfoot as a result of the mother’s Zoloft use. Several operations and castings were required to repair the malformation, the lawsuit claims.
In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first warning about Zoloft and potential birth defects. In 2010, research published in the American Journal of Nursing cited that mothers who took Zoloft during pregnancy were at a higher risk of giving birth to infants with heart defects.
The lawsuit contends that the child has been deprived of a normal childhood as a result of the injuries. The family is seeking compensation for medical bills and other expenses.
Do you believe your child suffered a life-altering birth defect because of Zoloft or any other SSRI antidepressant? The birth injury attorneys in Jacksonville at Farah & Farah can review your case and discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. We can be contacted online or call us toll-free at (800) 533-3555. Your no-obligation consultation is free.