Any woman who used the antidepressant Zoloft (generic name: sertraline hydrochloride) during pregnancy and whose child has birth defects should contact one of our experienced attorneys immediately for a free consultation.
Zoloft birth defect victims may be entitled to compensation that may be obtained by filing a Zoloft lawsuit.
Developments in the Case Against Zoloft
These Zoloft lawsuits center on very serious allegations.
Zoloft lawsuits have been filed in state and federal court. In federal court, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has centralized for pretrial management of 514 pending Zoloft lawsuits. The Zoloft claims have been placed in one court, before one judge, at U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The panel held in 2012 that the centralized lawsuits “involve common questions of fact and that centralization in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation.”
As the court explained, the panel noted that these Zoloft lawsuits filed against Pfizer, the drug’s manufacturer, “involve allegations that Zoloft, a prescription medication approved for the treatment of depression and other ailments, causes birth defects in children when their mothers ingest the drug while pregnant.”
Pfizer and the other defendants deny these allegations.
The Panel further found that “Centralization will eliminate duplicate discovery; prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings; and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary.”
The first Zoloft lawsuit should go to trial in either late 2014 or early 2015. Some of the alleged victims of Zoloft birth defects will have their day in court, assuming that a settlement before trial, which is a real possibility, isn’t reached.
The Case Against Zoloft Birth Defects
Zoloft and pregnancy do not mix; the consequences of Zoloft birth defects are absolutely devastating to families.
Although Zoloft lawsuits involve many questions, the two main issues are whether the warnings about Zoloft birth defects were adequate, and whether Pfizer either knew, or should have known of the unreasonable risk of injury posed by using Zoloft during pregnancy.
The prescribing information for Zoloft reads, in part, “Patients should be advised to notify their physician if they become pregnant or intend to become pregnant during therapy.”
Too many mothers who experienced the pernicious and sometimes deadly reality of Zoloft and pregnancy. These families can only wish they would have known of the allegedly unreasonable risk of permanent injury when they had a chance to avert it.
Alas, for those mothers of children with Zoloft birth defects, that ship has sailed.
But it is not too late to have one of our skilled attorneys fight hard for the rights of the wronged.
Science Supports the Claim: Zoloft Causes Birth Defects
Those whose personal experiences bear out the inherent risks of Zoloft birth defects have plenty of science on their side, as much has been studied and written about Zoloft and pregnancy.
A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 found that children have a slightly higher risk of birth defects if their mothers took Zoloft or other antidepressants.
A study that the British Medical Journal published in 2009 examined Zoloft and pregnancy and found that birth defects are linked to Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.
Researchers discovered a significant increase in the risk of septal heart defects among children whose mothers took SSRIs during pregnancy, particularly generic Zoloft and generic Celexa.
A Helsinki University Central Hospital study, published in 2012 reported the facts about Zoloft birth defects, citing a relationship between the expectant mother’s Zoloft use and increased risks of “omphalocele, anal atresia, limb-reduction defects, cardiac septal defects and anencephaly.”
These are very serious and often deadly birth defects.
A Case Western Reserve University clinical study will collect data until January 2015 on the effect of generic Zoloft on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers here know the score when it comes to Zoloft and pregnancy; because they excluded “pregnant or sexually active females without adequate birth control” from participating in the study, according to a summary of the clinical trial provided by the U.S. National Institute of Health.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been following the research and has vowed to update the labels of Zoloft and of other drugs in its class “to reflect the new data.”
We Have Experienced and Specialized Attorneys to Advocate for Your Rights
If you or your family have been hurt by Zoloft, choosing legal counsel with specialized experience in handling product liability litigation is essential. Our attorneys have the expertise you are looking for, and can get you the settlement you deserve.
Submit the electronic form on this page and get a free consultation to determine whether there is a viable claim for a Zoloft lawsuit.
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Yet Another Big Birth Defect Lawsuit is Underway.
A number of women are contemplating filing a Zofran lawsuit and when you look at the reasons behind them lodging their complaint, then you can completely understand their reasoning, just like the Zoloft Lawsuit, babies were born with holes in their hearts.
This drug, produced by GlaxoSmithKline, was originally created and approved for use on people undertaking chemotherapy; however, the complaints focus on those women that were then prescribed it as a way to combat morning sickness.
Taking on a medical giant such as this in a lawsuit may very well be intimidating for a number of people, but there is evidence that shows they themselves admit their guilt in the way that this drug has been marketed as can be seen in their discussions with the DoJ.
GSK Pays The Department Of Justice 3 Billion Dollars
In order to help you see that there is indeed a possibility of your lawsuit being successful it is important to point out that GSK have already plead guilty to them intentionally cross branding their products and then agreed to pay a fine of $3 billion.
This is an important step as it shows that they do indeed admit culpability with unlawfully promoting the drug in ways that it had not been deemed fit for by the FDA.
Indeed, the settlement that they reached with the DoJ is the largest of its kind in health care history such is the severity of their actions and the way in which they were intentionally flouting the regulations in order to cross promote their products.
It was initially hoped by GSK that this would help them to counteract any civil liability, but the impact that Zofran has had on the lives of the women that were prescribed this drug for morning sickness is so severe that they have no option but to take them to task for their actions.
How Much Did GSK Know?
GSK appear to have been aware of the potential risk to pregnant women, and their unborn child, from as early as 1992.
This in itself strengthens the case for any woman that was prescribed this drug at any point as GSK already admitted at that early stage that there was a risk to the child as the drug did indeed pass through the human placenta.
However, even though they had this knowledge they did still press ahead with encouraging doctors to give this drug to pregnant women in spite of the risk to them.
This then leads to GSK being guilty of a number of things:
They failed in their duty to produce medication that is fit for its purpose.They failed in their duty to seek FDA approval for its use and instead used another ruling.
They failed in their duty to inform the public of the potential risk to their health.
They failed in their duty to accurately market the drug due to neglecting to inform people of the potential dangers.
They failed in their duty to publish accurate research material by neglecting to state that it included toxicity and bone growth.
They failed in their duty to evaluate their research specifically for pregnant women.
They committed fraud by failing to note that Zofran was potentially harmful to pregnant women and their unborn child.
As you can see, there are a number of serious charges being placed against them here and there are clear signs of them neglecting their duty as a drug manufacturer.
Indeed, these charges are so severe that they are now facing the potential of an even greater fine specifically for this drug on top of the settlement that they have already reached with the DoJ for the cross marketing charges.
The Original Use Of Zofran.
Zofran was initially manufactured to help chemotherapy patients due to the increased possibility of them suffering from nausea thanks to their treatment. It works by directly blocking the release of certain chemicals in the body that can lead to either vomiting or nausea and official drug listings state that it should not be used in any instance whereby these feelings have not been caused by either surgery or chemotherapy.
This is the use that GSK received the backing of the FDA for and it did not seek approval by them for any other use of the drug and that is where the problem lies and the reason why people are considering their very own Zofran lawsuit.
However, due to its effectiveness at stopping those feelings, it was then decided to push the drug, unofficially, to expectant mothers who were suffering from morning sickness whilst pregnant. This is in direct contravention to what the drug has been approved for as there are not only legal issues here, but also a question of ethics.
Why FDA Approval Is So Important.
Zofran FDA approval is important as it is a clear indicator that the drug has been deemed fit for purpose as the manufacturer has submitted the relevant research that shows that it will cause no issues or endanger the health of those people taking the medication.
If it is not FDA approved, then it does mean that you, the individual, accepts that you are potentially putting yourself at risk by taking it, but the case surrounding Zofran is different.
The reason why it is different is that the drug was indeed marketed as being FDA approved, which it was although only for the uses mentioned above, so even though they were not directly lying by stating that it was approved by the FDA, they were not telling the full truth either.
However, there is no doubt that a number of women felt safe in taking Zofran as a direct result of this intentionally misleading marketing ploy and they firmly believed that they were indeed taking a medication that had been deemed fit for purpose.
The problem here is that this was certainly not the case and that is why GSK are now being held responsible for the health problems that have befallen a number of women that were indeed told to take Zofran in order to combat their morning sickness.
The Side Effects That Have Given Cause For Concern.
Apart from the clear breach in the ethics of cross-branding any medication without the correct approval, the side effects that have given cause for concern do make grim reading.
It should be added that the medical reasons as to how these defects and side effects occur are not important at this moment. Instead, it is just the fact that they do happen and that GSK knew that they were a real possibility that is the issue here.
However, the severity of them can never be overlooked at any point.
These side effects focus on a number of different birth defects that have, in some instances, led to the child requiring constant care not only at this moment in time, but help with their health for the rest of their lives.
We are not talking about some minor issues because this drug has been directly linked to an increase in the number of children that have been born with health problems including the likes of a cleft lip, a cleft palate, club foot, deformities in their skull, and even a hole in the heart.
The Babies born with Heart Defects from Zofran are perhaps the most egregious
These deformities can range in their severity, but it is still the case that they should not have happened and only did so thanks to negligence from GSK.
Cleft lips and palates can have a major impact on how a child perceives themselves and of course there are a whole host of potential speech issues that may need to be addressed.
A club foot will leave the child disabled and special footwear will have to be purchased on a continual basis in order to provide them with any sense of a normal life.
The skill deformities can be extremely disabling with the list of potential outcomes depending on which part of the skull has been affected. Finally, the hole in the heart could at times be deadly and it will certainly have an impact on the way in which the child is able to live a normal life due to them suffering from a lack of energy thanks to their heart not working as it should.
As you can see, these issues can have a severe impact on the ability of the child to have a normal life. A cleft lip or palette requires extensive surgery to correct the problem and any heart surgery performed on a child has to come with a whole host of potential complications that could prove to be life threatening.
Of course all of these issues could have easily been avoided if GSK had followed the correct procedure and had not failed in the list of their duties that were described above. The fact that they were aware of these issues for some time and still continued to push their usage in this way does leave them open to these lawsuits as it shows direct neglect and a lack of care towards the public.
It should also be noted that a number of women have described how their child was born with a number of defects as a direct result of this medication. Indeed, the first lawsuit of this kind involved a mother suing GSK as their child was born with not one, but several deformities that have ultimately led to a total of 10 surgeries over 12 years in an attempt to correct the problems.
It is clear that the health issues linked to Zofran should not have occurred especially as GSK knew of there being a real possibility of problems such as these occurring thanks to those animal studies that showed a similar outcome.
What Are Your Chances Of Success?
Whilst it is impossible to categorically state what your chances of success are with any lawsuit it is important to remember that GSK have already admitted culpability to the DoJ and the fact that they were hit with a record fine shows the severity of the complaint.
This itself plays an important role in your chances of success with your Zofran lawsuit as there is clear evidence of them being aware of these problems, but taking no action to stop it being used in this way. Indeed, the evidence points to them doing the complete opposite and the outcome is clear for all to see.
Your Next Step.
If you were urged by your doctor to take Zofran when suffering from morning sickness, then it is in your best interest to call us in order to discuss your possible Zofran lawsuit.
Why should you and your child be left without compensation for the health issues that you both need to deal with for the rest of your lives due to the negligence of others?
We will be able to provide you with more information on the current status of the claims against GSK with other Zofran lawsuits. We will be able to look at your individual case, the extent to which your child has been affected by you being prescribed this drug for your morning sickness.
We will look at the impact that it has had on your child not only at this moment in time, but also the long term impact and what they will require in order to lead a normal life.
In other words, we will give you an honest opinion on where you stand because why should you and your child:
Suffer as a result of the actions of others?
Have to live with disabilities or health issues caused by others?Not be compensated for that neglect?
Be expected to try to lead a normal life when correct protocol was not followed that would have prevented it?
Launching a Zofran lawsuit is something that should not be taken lightly.
More than one million mothers in the United States were given this drug without correct procedures being followed, which in itself is a shocking indictment on a company the size of GSK.
Do not allow yourself to suffer in silence and call us now and allow us to represent you and your case to get you what you deserve and that is to be compensated for malpractice that has unfortunately led to such disastrous consequences that may affect your child for the rest of their lives.
If your Baby was born with Birth Defects fill out the form to the right and we will see what we can do to help.
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The Zofran and Zoloft Lawsuits are so heinous as they affect the lives of Babies and the Families that have to care for them, that truly, there can NEVER be a value placed on all of the lives affected.
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One of the side effects connected to Zoloft is to have the patient’s signs of depression worsen and in some cases these side effects have even lead to suicide, the most examples were sadly in the teenage patients. Many patients became increasingly unhappy with taking Zoloft and many of them were switched from Zoloft to an antipsychotic called Risperdal. Awareness of the extreme physical side effect that Risperdal is having on men is increasing by the day, but for the patients that may not have been reached, Gynecomastia or male breasts is a very real thing that is happening to these already fragile men.
As can be imagined this condition puts these teenage boys in a very vulnerable position and there is not much support available for this due to lack of information and awareness on the subject. These already depressed kids were now adding more stress onto their situation, causing them more emotional anguish that was unnecessary and completely preventable.
This drug was never approved for many of the uses it was prescribed for, which is not illegal, but marketing a drug to children for uses unapproved by the FDA is completely illegal. It is time for Janssen, the manufacturers of Risperdal, to be held accountable for their actions and be exposed for their lack of ethics and blatant disregard for the patients that are reaching out for help with their depression. These are the reasons why the patients affected need to reach out and join the Risperdal lawsuit and show this company that they will no longer be pushed around.
The issue that is almost more offensive than targeting children was the fact that Janssen marketed this drug for depression and other unapproved uses to everyone, especially the vulnerable populations such as the elderly and low-income families. Many people switched to Risperdal because it was covered by government subsidized insurance, such as Medicaid and Medicare, whereas Zoloft was not. Many of the men that are suffering from Risperdal Gynecomastia are young, but this drug was also pushed in nursing homes. The doctors were given kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies to prescribe this and with many of these patients caregivers not around all the time taking over this vulnerable population was made easy, too easy for comfort.
Another of the populations that are often forgotten about are the incarcerated and the homeless. Many of these men were court-ordered to take antipsychotics, such as Risperdal, and even when they began to experience side effects, they were ordered to maintain dosages for public safety. The homeless population sadly falls into the same category as the low-income due to the fact that they had no choice but to take the drugs that were included in their health plan.
We have seen many of these multidistrict litigations, such as the Risperdal lawsuit, but of all of the cases we have reviewed we have yet to have anyone call that Risperdal worked for them at first and then went south. Every patient we have helped has come forward with only horror stories. In our experience there is no way the benefits out weight the risks for this drug and it is very sad to see the most vulnerable of our human population become run over by this company that was only taking their bottom line into consideration.
If you or a loved one have been taken advantage of by Janssen and want to be involved in the Risperdal lawsuit, call 1-800-499-6652 or visit the link below for a FREE evaluation of your case. www.risperdallawsuits.com
The Zoloft MDL
The Zoloft MDL, or Zoloft multidistrict litigation was formed on April 17, 2012.
The consolidated Zoloft claims are to be heard in the Eastern District of Philadelphia by U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe.
The first Zoloft claims are to be heard in October of 2014.
If you are considering pursuing a Zoloft lawsuit the time to act is now.
Call 1-800-499-6652 or fill out the Zoloft Lawsuit Online Form to get started immediately.
What is a Multidistrict Litigation, or MDL?
A multidistrict litigation, abbreviated MDL, is when similar lawsuit claims from all over the U.S are consolidated and transferred to a single federal courtroom to be heard by an appointed US judge. Similar claims will usually have the same complaint, and are often made against the same defendant.
For example: In the Zoloft lawsuit, women who took Zoloft during pregnancy are alleging that Zoloft caused their newborns to suffer birth defects, and this is the common complaint in the Zoloft MDL.
Additionally, the Zoloft claims that have been transferred to the MDL have a common defendant as well: Pfizer, Inc., manufacturer of Zoloft.
The Zoloft MDL will handle the pretrial proceedings for the Zoloft claims. If the case proceeds to go to trial, then the Zoloft claim will be transferred back to it’s original district.
Who Creates an MDL?
A federal court, defendant, or a plaintiff all can file to request an MDL; this is called petitioning. The petition is then sent to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
It is the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation’s responsibility to determine whether or not as MDL is necessary.
These petitions are often denied, but the Zoloft MDL was approved in April, 2012.
If the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides there should be an MDL, they then have the responsibility of deciding where the district will be, and which US judge should hear the case.
What does an MDL do?
As mentioned earlier an MDL is a consolidation of similar claims made accross the country. When an MDL is created, these similar claims are transferred to the MDL for pretrial proceedings and heard by one judge, in one courtroom.
One of the advantages of an MDL is that it saves time, money and effort for all parties involved: the plaintiffs, defendant(s), and the court system. The judge hearing the case will be specialized in that case.
Another advantage of an MDL is that it ensures consistent rulings on the claims.
An MDL will handle pretrial proceedings only. For example, if a claim is not viable, or spurious, the MDL judge may choose to dismiss it. Or the defendant may offer an early settlement at this stage as well.
The MDL judge will usually appoint attorneys in a plaintiff’s steering committee. A plaintif’s steering committee, or PSC, is a group of attorneys who have been chosen to represent the claimants in a particular lawsuit.
The Zoloft MDL
As mentioned earlier, the Zoloft MDL was formed on April 17, 2012. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation appointed District Judge Cynthia M Rufe to hear the case in the Eastern District of Philadelphia.
Honorable Judge Rufe appointed a Zoloft MDL wesbite, which publicly documents the proceedings of the Zoloft MDL.
All MDLs are assigned an identification number, and the Zoloft MDL is 2342.
The Zoloft MDL will begin evaluating claims as early as October, 2014.
Your Zoloft Lawsuit
If you have not already, it is vital that you investigate your claim with a qualified Zoloft lawyer.
Here at Consumer Claims Center of America we are here to serve. We offer a simple, free claim evaluation.
We are happy to take a look at your case and help you determine if this is a viable claim that will withstand in court, and we work with qualified, bar certified Zoloft attorneys that can help expedite your case.
Legal fees will only be collected if you win your settlement. The is no charge if you don’t collect compensation.
Fill out the Zoloft Lawsuit Form on the upper right hand of this page, or call the number below to speak with a professional about your Zoloft lawsuit claim now.
Many think the Zofran Lawsuit and the Zofran MDL will be quick to follow, Zofran also causes severe birth defects, much like Zoloft. However Zofran was used off label for pregnant women with nausea.
Zoloft Birth Defects
Doctors have been told not to prescribe Zoloft to pregnant women, but many still do.
SSRIs are antidepressant medications such as Zoloft, Effexor, Lexapro, and Paxil and can cause a wide range of birth defects.
If you or a loved one were affected by Zoloft Birth Defects please call 1-800-499-6652 to see if you qualify for a Zoloft lawsuit.
According to the recent reports by the FDA, women who were pregnant and taking Zoloft during the first trimester may have suffered from Zoloft birth defects.
Most of the newborns that are exposed to the Zoloft as well as other SSRIs are experiencing many different types of side effects including birth defects such as neural tube defects, persistent newborn pulmonary hypertension, cleft palate, heart defects, and many more.
Sadly, many of the Zoloft birth defects can be fatal.
Neural Tube Defects:
In an embryo,the neural tube starts developing about 28 days or 4 weeks after conception, as a flat region that rolls right into a tube, which later develops into the fully formed spinal chord.
Neural tube defects can cause incontinence, learning difficulties, paralysis, and loss of sensation in several parts of the body, lack of coordination, developmental delays, lack of proper concentration or even death.
Omphalocele is another birth defect that is caused by underdeveloped muscles in the abdominal wall, leaving an opening in the abdomen, like a hernia.
It is characterized by certain abdominal organs protruding from the belly button; these organs are actually outside of the newborn’s body at birth.
This problem can be corrected with a surgery. Newborns with omphalocele often have other serious problems such as heart defects.
Cleft Palate from Zoloft
A cleft palate is another known Zoloft birth defect. The roof of the newborn’s mouth fails to completely close completely in the uterus (from about the 6th to the 9th week of the pregnancy). This causes a gap or split in the bony roof of the mouth.
Infants with cleft palate struggle with very serious complications that include recurring ear infections which can lead to deafness, feeding difficulties, misaligned or missing teeth, and delays in the speech as well as language development.
Cleft palate must be corrected surgically.
Zoloft Heart Defects:
Heart defects involve problems with the heart structure or blood vessels that surround the heart.
This can sometimes cause irregular blood flow or even a complete obstruction of blood through the heart.
Some heart defects are not as serious while others are life threatening or need immediate medical care to prevent death or other severe consequences.
Zoloft Limb Defects
These birth defects are characterized by the improper formation of the limbs in the uterus.
Limb defects can involve the arms, feet, hands, legs, fingers or toes, and can be presented as undergrowth, overgrowth, complete absence, webbing, duplication, or constricting band syndrome.
PPHN Side Effects
PPHN, or the persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns, is another Zoloft birth defect that can be fatal.
PPHN involves the lungs not getting enough blood flow.
Normally when we breath our lungs transfer oxygen into the bloodstream, which then carries it throughout the body.
In PPHN however, not enough blood is getting to the lungs, and therefore the body is not getting enough oxygen. This is a very serious condition.
These, and many more Zoloft birth defects are affecting families across the nation. The results are tragic and often very costly as well. The corrective surgeries, medical care and therapy may last a lifetime.
If you or your family has been affected by the Zoloft birth defects, you need compensation to help with this tragedy as the medical bills alone will be very high.
We can help.
If you would like more information to find out if you or a loved one qualify for a Zoloft lawsuit please call:
As a side note another drug Zofran has been known to cause severe birth defects in newborns. Originally prescribed for nausea the zofran lawsuit could be much more egregious the the zoloft lawsuit as it was cross labeled.
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By Bill Bohack
Zoloft Studies Reveal Upper Gastrointestinal bleeding and Pulmonary Hypertension
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) such as Zoloft are now associated with gastrointestinal bleeding and pulmonary hypertension, according to new studies published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Zoloft Studies from Taiwan
Indeed, according to the Taiwan-based study, a mere one to four weeks of using an SSRI such as Zoloft “is significantly associated with upper gastrointestinal bleeding.” Reportedly, Zoloft and Prozac were the most hazardous of the SSRIs, presenting significantly “elevated” risks of upper GI bleeding.
The data comes from a review of more than 5,000 psychiatric inpatients’ health records that were contained in a national health insurance database from 1998 to 2009.
In addition to Zoloft and Prozac, the SSRI class includes Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Paxil and Viibryd. Although all of these SSRIs have been linked to serious adverse events, Zoloft, or sertraline, is distinguished among them by its litigation history.
Zoloft Lawsuits Supported by Science
More than 400 pending Zoloft lawsuits are centralized before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where the pretrial proceedings are being coordinated.
Plaintiffs in the Zoloft lawsuits claim that use of the antidepressant during pregnancy caused birth defects and other injuries to the baby. Mothers may still file a Zoloft lawsuit against Pfizer, the drug’s manufacturer, consistent with injury to their children.
The injuries that may be asserted in a Zoloft lawsuit include persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn or PPHN.
“PPHN occurs when a newborn baby does not adapt to breathing outside the womb,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wrote in its 2011 SSRI safety advisory. “Newborns with PPHN may require intensive care support including a mechanical ventilator to increase their oxygen level.
If severe, PPHN can result in multiple organ damage, including brain damage, and even death.”
Zoloft Studies lead to change in FDA Labeling
In 2006 the FDA orchestrated labeling changes for SSRIs to incorporate the PPHN risk. Today, using Zoloft as an example, the antidepressant’s prescribing information reads, “Infants exposed to SSRIs in pregnancy may have an increased risk for persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.”
The warning still exists even though the FDA cited “conflicting” studies on the nature of the risk. The warning makes sense because hundreds of Zoloft lawsuits have been filed by plaintiffs whose adverse experiences repudiate any debate about the pernicious nature of Zoloft side effects; they are living proof of the increased risks.
Shifting from PPHN to oher Zoloft birth defects, the August 2010 edition of the medical journal Clinical Epidemiology published the results of one of several studies bearing out the relationship between fetal exposure to an SSRI and birth defects.
Researchers affiliated with a Denmark hospital studied more than 216,000 new mothers and discovered “an association between maternal SSRI use in early pregnancy and cardiac malformations which could be causal.” Moreover, researchers wrote, “We found an increased risk for septal defects associated with sertraline,” which is generic Zoloft.
If you believe you have a Zoloft injury case, you may be entitled to compensation attainable through the filing of a Zoloft lawsuit. A settlement may be negotiable.
To start you claims process simply fill out the form on the right side of this page, or call the number below for a free consultation:
Zoloft Compensation Associated with Teen Suicide
Zoloft is a prescription drug used to treat depression in teenagers and adults and for the treatment of social anxiety, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children and teenagers.
The success of Zoloft is as a result of the drug’s ability to manage several conditions.
Apart from OCD and depression, Zoloft is also used to manage post traumatic panic disorders and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. If your child has shown signs of suicidal behavior, seek professinal help immediately.
Additionally, you may be eligible to financial compensation for what you and your family have been through, and for any medical or psychological treatment required to treat this terrible Zoloft side effect.
Manufacturers are required to manufacture and sell products that are safe. If a drug is found to cause more harm than good, then the product should not continue to be sold on the market and any serious damage arising from such products may be compensated in a court of law, once a case is filed.
History of Zoloft and the Associated Teen Suicide Cases
Zoloft is manufactured by Pfizer. It was first introduced to the market in 1991 and received FDA approval in 1992.
Zoloft is also sold through its other brand name, Lustral and its main ingredient is sertraline. By 2011, Zoloft was the third best selling drug for managing depression in the US.
Over 37 million prescriptions were sold in 2011 alone.
The US Food and Drug Administration issued a directive to Pfizer to distribute and sell Zoloft with a black box warning label in 2005 after it was established that the drug caused major side effects in its patients.
Black box warning labels carry concise information regarding the potential hardship a drug is likely to cause its user. The warning on Zoloft prescriptions was issued in regard to pediatric suicidal behavioral tendencies.
The patent for Pfizer’s Zoloft expired in 2006. Studies done on younger patients on Zoloft medication has shown that the drug does heighten teen suicide rates.
Even if the drug is being used to manage conditions other than depression, the patient may experience episodes of suicidal thought attacks and behavior.
Such cases are rare in older patients on the medication. Any child or teenager on Zoloft needs to be constantly monitored.
Parents and guardians should check the young patient’s behavior and check for anything unusual in the way he or she goes about her business.
Any heightened aggressiveness, change in moods, severe restlessness, irritability, insomnia, clinical worsening and impulsive actions should be reported to the doctor as soon as possible. These are usually the signs and symptoms could indicate risk of suicide.
Studies Support That Teen Suicide is a Side Effect of Zoloft
Unfortunately, Zoloft has a serious side effect when used in children and teenagers especially: It increases the risk of suicide. This is not uncommon in most antidepressant medications.
Therefore, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required all SSRI medications that are prescribed for depression, including Zoloft to carry a black box warning for suicide risk in persons under 25 years of age.
The requirement from the FDA came after statistical data were released from two independent studies on Zoloft that backed up the heightened suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior in patients under 25, especially children and teenagers.
Zoloft users between 20 and 25 were not as adversely affected as the other age groups in the study but the results were significant enough to include them in the new warning label.
Another study done after the FDA warning, which combined 295 studies involving 11 antidepressants also came up with results that reflect the significance of the increased risk of suicide associated with SSRI use. The results showed that indeed, Zoloft and other antidepressant drugs in its class increased suicidal behavior in patients under 25.
Considered separately, Zoloft was found to increase suicidal ideation in patients by 37% to 50% depending on the analysis method used.
There are about 30,000 suicides in the US alone every year. These are statistics obtained from the US surgeon general. Therefore, having a drug adding to these numbers is a heavy matter.
In the US, about 10% of the youths suffer from depression. In 2001 alone about 1,883 children between the ages of 10 and 19 years committed suicide in the US.
Legal intervention is required to show Pfizer that they must do more to stop this tragic loss of life.
Zoloft Teen Suicide Compensation
Zoloft has been found to have several severe side effects other than teen suicide.
To date, Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft has paid out over $2 billion in compensation to plaintiffs with various complications arising from the use of Zoloft. Teen suicide and attempted suicide is one of the compensated complications.
By filing a Zoloft lawsuit, you will encourage affected people to come forward and stand up for their rights. You will be saying no to medical malpractice and taking a stand on faulty drugs.
Do not suffer in silence when there is legal help available today.
Zoloft-Induced Teen Suicide Lawsuits
Teen suicide from Zoloft may be compensated if a lawsuit is filed and your child is found to be experiencing Zoloft side effects.
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Zoloft Birth Defects for Zoloft Lawsuits
The problem does not lie in the inconclusive tests but rather the failure to disseminate the crucial details of Zoloft side effects.
Multiple cases of side effects and Zoloft birth defects have been reported.
As a result of their release of Zoloft, Pfizer Inc. is under fire from different avenues championing for people’s and children’s rights.
The pharmaceutical company has been on defense since day one of lawsuit filings but as fate would have it, the courts are moving forward and pretrial litigation has begun
The presentation of medical reports during court proceedings is the main source of evidence in Zoloft lawsuits. Our Zoloft attorneys can hellp you get the documentation you need from your helthcare provider to prove that you have been injured as a result of taking Zoloft.
Zoloft birth defects are a tragic reality that occur when a mother takes Zoloft during pregnancy.
The Unborn Child is Hurt by Zoloft
In cases where an expectant mother takes Zoloft during pregnancy, the newborn is often born with Zoloft birth defects. Zoloft is especially harmful if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, often seriously interfering with fetal development.
Serious Zoloft Birth Defects
The conditions discussed are potentially harmful to the child’s body and if not treated may lead to death.
As a precautionary measure, contact your doctor as soon as you sense that something is amiss with your child.
This is a visibly notable condition where the infant’s upper lip is deformed. This condition can usually be resolved with surgery if it is preformed early enough.
However, it can be very expensive and the child will be left with permanent scarring.
If allowed to persist, the child will have difficulties in feeding and in developing speech, which has also been known to be detrimental to their self-esteem.
This condition occurs when there is a problem in the development of the spine in a fetus. The spine as the nerve center and it is vital to nerve function.
Consequently, spina bifida can result in movement problems or paralysis, which will be life-long.
The infant’s foot or feet experience abnormal development with regards to the muscles, joints and bones.
This leads to the foot forming in the shape of a club. The child will have problems with mobility.
Cleft palate is a condition similar to, but more severe than cleft lip.
In this instance, the parts of the skull forming the roof of the mouth fail to join; the upper mouth is thus incomplete. This may lead to other Zoloft side defects such as deafness (due to ear infection) and developing difficulties in breathing, feeding and speech.
This is the premature fusing of the skull in an unborn child. The head shape appears irregular and this can consequently affect the position and flexibility of the young brain.
This condition is permanent and normally uncorrectable.
If affected by this condition, the infant has less blood flowing to their lungs due to the constriction of the pulmonary valve channeling blood to the lungs. As a direct consequence of this, the heart’s pumping of blood is affected and less oxygen is distributed to the body’s cells, tissues and organs.
The can result in major complications including brain damage and death.
Heart complications is an umbrella phrase that means something went wrong with the development of the heart. This could mean one relatively harmless flaw, or a series of fatal defects, or anywhere in between.
If more than one heart complication is present, the infant’s chance at life is greatly diminished.
These complications can include septal heart defects, ventricular septal defects, atrial septal defects, transposition of the arteries, tetralogy of fallot, hypoplastic right heart syndrome and hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
The heart is responsible for pumping blood through the entire body and is a vital organ. The appearance of such a complication in your child can be extremely frightening.
Contact Us Today about a Zoloft Lawsuit if Your Child has been Affected
Has your child been affected by any of the discussed (or other related) Zoloft birth defects?
If so, don’t hesitate to pursue justice on their behalf.
Your innocent child should not have to suffer because you were unaware of potential risks related to Zoloft use.
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Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac the Latest SSRIs on Birth Defects Hot Seat
Multiple studies that have been published in 2013 showing an association between in-utero exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) – such as Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft -and birth defects.
Meanwhile, the entire SSRI class is suspected of posing an increased risk of a serious pulmonary condition in newborns. It seems Zoloft Birth Defects aren’t the only ones to worry about.
Studies on Zoloft Birth Defects
The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry will publish later this year one of the birth defects studies. The study reads from the outset, “It has been suggested that the commonly prescribed class of antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are associated with birth defects.”
This comparison of SSRI side effect risks concludes that Prozac and Paxil are more strongly associated with the more serious conditions.
In the Australian and New Zealand study, Prozac (fluoxetine) and Paxil (paroxetine) were linked to an increased risk of “major malformations,” and Paxil was targeted for its increased risk of “cardiac malformations.”
Researchers reached those conclusions upon evaluating dozens of data sets that flowed from more than 100 other studies.
FDA Warning on Zoloft Birth Defects
Major Zoloft birth defects, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, include neural tube birth defects such as anencephaly and spina bifida, craniofacial defects and cardiovascular malformations.
Another consistent study was published a few months ago:
A researcher with the Helsinki University Central Hospital wrote an article on her study for the January 2013 edition of the Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Journal. Along the same lines, that study showed that prenatal Zoloft (sertraline) exposure posed increased risks of “omphalocele, anal atresia, limb-reduction defects, cardiac septal defects and anencephaly.”
Additionally, Paxil and Prozac took a hit for their association with “cardiovascular malformations.” Further, Celexa (citalopram) was cited for its link to septal heart defects when the expectant mother uses the drug in “early pregnancy.”
Class Action Lawsuits Begin After Zoloft Birth Defects Arise
Class action lawsuits are a part of the litigation spawned by Zoloft Birth Defects. Through counsel well-versed in handling pharmaceutical injury lawsuits, victims of Zoloft side effects have effectively asserted that Pfizer should have known about, and promptly warned of the increased risks of in-utero exposure to Zoloft.
Unfortunately, that was not the case. Other manufacturers acted similarly, to the detriment of children and their families.
Plaintiffs in Zoloft class action lawsuits and in similar litigation also may have a case if the baby suffered soon after birth from persistent pulmonary hypertension.
Based on prevailing science, the FDA in July 2006 issued a public health communication explaining that the agency “asked the sponsors of all SSRIs to change prescribing information to describe the potential risk for PPHN,” which occurs, the FDA wrote in 2011, “when a newborn baby does not adapt to breathing outside the womb.”
The FDA’s 2011 statement continued, “Newborns with PPHN may require intensive care support including a mechanical ventilator to increase their oxygen level.
If severe, PPHN can result in multiple organ damage, including brain damage, and even death. Secondary PPHN may be associated with other problems with the fetus, such as meconium aspiration, neonatal infection or congenital heart malformations.”
All of these Zoloft Birth Defects are serious and may be featured in a lawsuit to help you gain compensation for your child.
Zoloft Not Off The Hook in Birth Defect Lawsuits
So although Paxil and Prozac are on the teratogenic hot seat anew, Zoloft side effects and those of SSRIs collectively are still the subjects of litigation and scientific examination.
Victims who acquire counsel with a proven track record in pharmaceutical injury litigation have tremendous resources on their side. Click here for more information on obtaining an experienced Zoloft lawyer.
In addition to Paxil, Prozac, Celexa and Zoloft, the SSRI class includes Lexapro, Luvox and Viibryd.
Many expectant mothers who used these drugs were unaware of the increased risks of Zoloft birth defects.
Their physicians were in the dark, too.
But they could have been informed of unreasonable risks if the drug’s manufacturer had fulfilled its duty to research the product and then informed the public.
They could have then made informed choices regarding their health, including making the decision not to take an SSRI during pregnancy.
Is there any wonder there are Zoloft class action lawsuits and assorted similar SSRI litigation?
The manufacturers — including Pfizer in the case of Zoloft and GlaxoSmithKline for Paxil — should have known about the increased risks of their drugs and should have done more, and should have done it faster, to protect patients from those unfortunate outcomes, victims may assert in pharmaceutical injury lawsuits.
Parents who have suffered due to the unknown increased risks of SSRIs owe it to themselves and to their injured children to obtain experienced counsel who will fight for the compensation that they deserve, whether it is for medical expenses, lost wages or any number of other losses.
Do you Qualify for a Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuit
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Science Points to Zoloft Side Effects
A Swedish study published this spring showed that in-utero exposure to SSRIs also was “associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders, particularly without intellectual disability.”
Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride) is an SSRI antidepressant. Other SSRIs include Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Luvox and Viibryd, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Researchers with the University of Bristol in the U.K. admitted that the autism connection that they observed in Sweden needed further research. Their findings were published in the April 19th edition of the British Medical Journal.
In the meantime, Zoloft is tainted by an association with a rare lung condition; this is a problem also continuously tested by medical science.
Zoloft’s label reflects its apparent risk with the following language: “Infants exposed to SSRIs in pregnancy may have an increased risk for persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) which is associated with substantial neonatal morbidity and mortality.”
In other words, Zoloft can cause PPHN, an extremely dangerous and often fatal birth defect.
Zoloft Class Action Lawsuit and Litigaiton
Zoloft class action lawsuits and similar SSRI-related actions have been filed — and will continue to be filed — on behalf of the injured, who may be entitled to compensation.
The results of a study published in the Feb. 9, 2006 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine triggered scientific inquiry into the connection between PPHN and the mother’s prenatal use of SSRIs such as Zoloft.
As the FDA reported on July 19, 2006, “In this study PPHN was six times more common in babies whose mothers took an SSRI antidepressant after the 20th week of the pregnancy compared to babies whose mothers did not take an antidepressant.”
Pregnant women lacked a warning that would have allowed them to choose to avoid the risk. Their physicians also could have made key decisions based on that missing link.
A Pfizer product, Zoloft was approved in 1991, and relatively new information about the increased risk of PPHN would not surface unfortunately until nearly a generation later.
PPHN cannot be taken lightly. Babies suffering from it “have high pressure in their lung blood vessels and are not able to get enough oxygen into their bloodstream,” according to the FDA.
Litigation was propelled by the confluence of the product’s defect, the unreasonableness of the PPHN risk, and the inadequately tardy warning about that risk, a threat about which arguably the manufacturer should have known.
As if the PPHN risk was not serious enough, the January edition of the journal Therapeutic Drug Monitoring published the findings of an alarming 2012 study conducted by Dr. Heli Malm, head of the Teratology Information Service at Helsinki University Central Hospital.
Some of the research she conducted linked Zoloft to increased risks of newborn “omphalocele, anal atresia, limb-reduction defects, cardiac septal defects and anencephaly.”
Hence, many victims have hired attorneys who have fought dutifully for their clients, and who have continued to fight for their rights to recoverable damages.
Zoloft class action lawsuits have been centralized before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The court scheduled status conferences for the spring and summer.
We will evaluate your case at no charge. Attorneys will investigate the circumstances of anyone whose child suffered PPHN or birth defects that may have been associated with the expectant mother’s use of either Zoloft or another SSRI.
To request a free case evaluation, contact us at 1-800-499-6562 or by submitting the electronic case evaluation request form posted on our website.