Claims Against Zoloft!
Zoloft is primarily used for the treatment of major depressive disorders. It is also used to treat ptsd, pmdd, ocd, social anxiety disorder and panic disorders. Patients have reported several side effects when taking zoloft. Zoloft has been linked to an increased risk of autism and dangerous birth defects, developmental delays and complications when taken by pregnant women.
Zoloft birth defects include:
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Heart defects
- Cleft lip and cleft palate
- Skull defects
- Limb defects
- Neural-tube defects
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
- Spina bifida
- Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
Zoloft side effects also include:
- Nausea and dizziness
- Drowsiness and loss of coordination
- Dry mouth and Loss of appetite
- Shaking/tremors and headaches
- Disfiguring facial and body tics (indicating brain damage)
- Intense withdrawal symptoms
What is Zoloft?
Zoloft is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris). Zoloft is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (pmdd).
Zoloft became the most prescribed antidepressant and second most prescribed psychiatric medication on the u.S. Retail market, with over 41 million prescriptions in 2013.
Zoloft Lawsuit Information
Lawsuits with claims of birth defects including autism, brain damage and death have been filed against pfizer when women during pregnancy were prescribed to zoloft, especially in the first trimester.
In a 2013 case, pfizer was blasted for not adequately warning women of the risks of taking zoloft while pregnant but instead concealing, suppressing and failing to disclose the possible dangers, resulting in the death of an infant born with multiple birth defects including brain damage. There have been sever counts against the negligence of pfizer, accusing the company of producing and marketing a dangerous drug. Cases claiming negligence of pfizer to warn the public, medical professionals and the fda that zoloft causes birth defects, as well as targeting pregnant women in marketing despite studies linked the drug to increased risk of birth defects.
Negligence/ Placebo Lawsuits
Despite the fact zoloft currently has warnings for increased risk of suicidal thoughts in children to young adults, the drug has been marketed globally as safe and effective for depression, in lieu of the dangerous side effects which have little proven positive effects on depression when compared to placebo trials.
In a 2013 lawsuit pfizer was on blast for the massive marketing campaign designed to convince the public that zoloft has helped millions with depression and was safe, when clinical data was showing contrary data, zoloft’s effectiveness was not superior to placebo trials.