At the first trial of 1000+ Zoloft birth defects lawsuits, the plaintiff’s legal team presented evidence that Pfizer researchers knew that pregnant women using Zoloft risked having babies with heart defects.
Pfizer overlooked internal red flags about possible birth defects to preserve billions in the sales of Zoloft, say families suing the drug giant. Pfizer didn’t use this research to caution doctors and patients about the risk, said the plaintiff’s lawyer at state court in St. Louis.
A New England Journal of Medicine study in 2007 documented that pregnant women on Zoloft had double the risk of having a child with a birth defect.
According to Pfizer’s study, risks to newborns range from atrial septal defect, heart disease, growth retardation, omphalocele (newborns’ organs are outside their body), and persistent pulmonary hypertension.
The plaintiff in the case, Logan Pesante, whose mother took Zoloft while Logan was in the womb, has had three open heart surgeries to fix defects. The now 11-year old continues to suffer from lingering issues stemming from the defects.
The Pesantes and their lawyers argue that Pfizer needs to be held liable for failure to clearly warn physicians and patients about Zoloft’s increased risk of birth defects on the drug’s label and in marketing materials.
When drug makers don’t warn about a drug’s hazards, innocent consumers can suffer devastating effects. Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to test their products for health risks and advise the public. When they fall down in these duties, they face legal liability for the harm they cause.
If your baby has suffered heart wrenching pain due to a birth defect caused by Zoloft, Carey Danis & Lowe can help you. Our attorneys will assist in determining your eligibility to receive compensation for you and your baby. Our experienced lawyers are compassionate, knowledgeable and determined.
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