Zoloft, brand name for the drug sertraline, is an antidepressant drug manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer for the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, anxiety, PTSD and certain premenstrual disorders.
Zoloft was released in 1991 and has become the most popular antidepressant drug in history, with hundreds of millions of prescriptions filled. Pfizer has earned several billion dollars on the sales of Zoloft alone.
Although considered effective for the treatment of many mental disorders, Zoloft has more recently been linked to severe birth injuries in children of mothers who took the drug during pregnancy.
Zoloft is part of a class of drugs called SSRIs, which stands for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. These drugs work by altering the level of chemical neurotransmitters in the brain to block the re-absorption of serotonin and increase mood levels.
Unfortunately, many SSRI drugs, including Zoloft, have now been linked to serious birth defects including heart and lung defects, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), neural tube defects like spina bifida or anencephaly of the brain and skeletal, cranial and facial defects like club foot and cleft palate.
If you took Zoloft during pregnancy and have given birth to a child with birth defects, it is important to learn your legal options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation to help with your child’s condition. Contact us today.
There is little question that Zoloft has been effective at treating a variety of mental disorders for millions of Americans. However, there is also information suggesting that Pfizer may have continued to sell the drug to patients while knowing it had serious risks for birth defects.
Studies estimate that 10% or more of the population has taken an antidepressant drug at some time. Millions of these are women who took a drug like Zoloft during pregnancy without knowing the full risks.
Experts now fear that thousands of infants may have been affected by SSRI drugs such as Zoloft because of the drug maker’s failure to warn patients.
Parents who are dealing with the pressure of helping a child with severe birth defects often don’t even suspect that their condition could be caused by a medication they took years earlier, or that legal help is available.
Lawyers with the Zoloft Litigation Group are currently filing lawsuits against Pfizer on behalf of parents and families for the serious birth defects of Zoloft. They are available to help you today. Time to file a lawsuit, however, is limited.
Lawyers have secured verdicts or settlements for victims of SSRI drug birth defects for amounts in excess of $1 million. It is important that you speak with a qualified lawyer to determine what your case may be worth.
These same lawyers are available to answer your questions, explain your legal rights and discuss the compensation available from the drug companies responsible for your child’s condition.
It is important to visit your child’s doctor regularly to learn the extent of their birth defect injury, what treatment options are available, what lifestyle changes you will have to make and what to expect in the future.
It is also important that you learn about your legal options and how a Zoloft lawsuit might give your child access to the best treatment as well as reduce the burden on your family for medical costs, pain and suffering and loss of earnings.
No one should file a Zoloft birth injury lawsuit for financial gain if another party was not at fault. However, a lawyer can explain how Pfizer may have known that their drug had serious health risks, but continued to sell it regardless.
You must also consider that your family should not be unfairly burdened with all of the expenses like medical bills, loss of earnings and changes in your lifestyle caused by your child’s birth defect simply because of the negligence of a drug company.
Before selecting a lawyer or law firm to help with your Zoloft claim, make sure they are qualified to handle this type of case, have the resources to fight large drug companies, and can commit the time necessary to get results.
Thousands of drug injury lawsuits are filed each year, however, many are lost because of a lack of experience or resources. It is important to select a lawyer who has the experience and expertise to pursue your case to its fullest potential and to maximize your results.
ZoloftCenter.com works with only the most qualified drug injury lawyers in the country.
If your child was born with a birth defect after you took Zoloft, contact us today for a confidential evaluation of your case. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and discuss your legal options.