pacemaker Archives - Carey Danis & Lowe

First Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuit to Go to Trial: What Pfizer Knew

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Zoloft

Zoloft MDL Updates: Zoloft MDL No. 2342 Progresses with Order to Submit Initial Discovery Zoloft Birth Defect CasesPfizer knew about the link between Zoloft use during pregnancy and birth defects in newborn babies. However, they decided to ignore this crucial patient safety information. A lawyer in the first Zoloft birth defects lawsuit to go to trial shared this with the jury during closing arguments in a state court in St. Louis on April 17, 2015.

The lawyer pointed specifically to an internal document dating before 1991 that included the recommendation that women able to become pregnant shouldn’t use Zoloft due to birth defect risks.

Furthermore, the lawyer argued that, even with knowledge of Zoloft and birth defects risks, Pfizer made no move to issue a sufficient warning. Pfizer didn’t update Zoloft’s drug safety label; therefore, doctors and patients were left in the dark about the dangers of Zoloft use during pregnancy.

The lawyer represents the plaintiffs in the case, the Pesante family, whose son was born with heart defects after his mother consumed Zoloft during pregnancy.

The son’s heart defects required three open-heart surgeries. Only a month after being born, the boy received a pacemaker.

In a Bloomberg article about the Zoloft trial, the defendants argued in their closing statement that Pfizer did issue warnings, and that these warnings were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Now, it is up to the jury to decide if Pfizer did indeed issue a sufficient warning, or if the company should be held liable for the harm done to the Pesante family and their son.

We can help your family

Carey Danis & Lowe is a St. Louis law firm that currently represents families whose children have been harmed by Zoloft in the womb. Our defective drug lawyers work tirelessly to recover losses for our clients.

If you would like to discuss your case with us, we are available by phone at 800.721.2519; you can also reach us by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

We offer free case evaluations, and can help you decide if filing a Zoloft lawsuit is the right decision for you and your family.



Drug and Medical Device Cases To Look for in Your Practice

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Published May 15, 2012 on InjuryBoard

It is hard to keep track of all of the information we get daily about various drugs and devices. Which ones are potential cases? Who can review them for me?

Here is a list of cases that we are reviewing, and can assist you on. It is not exhaustive.

Depuy Hip Replacements: These hips were installed in thousands of patients without adequate testing. It turns out that the metal components degrade and leave dangerous levels of metal in the blood stream. They also are often ill fitting. In almost every case the replacement needs to be redone.

Actos: This is a diabetes medication that was known to cause bladder cancer.

Zicam: This is a nasal inhaler for colds that causes loss of taste and smell.

Flouroquinolones (Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox): These drugs are known to cause tendon ruptures. The manufacturers have warned since 2009 that they should be used sparingly and only when necessary, yet some doctors continue to overprescribe the drugs. These are now brought by us as medical malpractice claims.

Medtronic Pacemaker Leads: The leads on some of these pacemakers are defective, and can cause death and even when discovered in time can be very difficult to replace.

SSRIs and Birth Defects: Some SSRI medications have been linked to birth defects, and may be actionable.