Couple Sues Pfizer for Daughter’s Ventricular Septal Defect
In a latest development in the field of drug and pharmaceutics, a couple from Utah has filed a lawsuit against drug giant Pfizer for not informing patients about the potential side effects associated with the antidepressant drug Zoloft. According to sources, the lawsuit was filed by the plaintiff on February 26, 2013 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In the lawsuit the plaintiff has asserted that his partner consumed Zoloft during her pregnancy after being prescribed by her doctor and consequently their child was born with severe heart abnormalities. In the lawsuit the plaintiff and their Zoloft Lawyer have also blamed manufacturer Pfizer, Inc. for failing to adequately warn patients about the potential risks of Zoloft to pregnant women.
According to the Zoloft birth defect lawsuit the mother started taking the antidepressant during 2010 and 2011. The plaintiff got pregnant on May 19, 2011 and gave birth to a baby girl. However, the baby was born with Ventricular Septal Defect that caused the baby undergo many surgeries to repair the murmur.
With the lawsuit the plaintiff has brought in a number of counts against the defendant and sought for compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages. The plaintiff has appealed that adequate measures should have been taken by the drug maker to ensure safety of minors. The plaintiff has charged the manufacturer of willful concealment of relevant clinical research data to take marketing and financial mileage.
Zoloft is an antidepressant and psychotic drug manufactured and marketed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. The drug is prescribed for the indication of obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, panic disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and other neurological disorder.
The drug belongs to a group of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which is being widely prescribed by medical practitioners and doctors in the United States.
Side effects associated with Zoloft may include:
- Dizziness, tired feeling and drowsiness
- Stomach pain, Upset stomach and constipation
- Dry mouth
- Impotence or decreased sex drive
Other drugs that may react with Zoloft and cause severe harm to body are
- digitoxin (Crystodigin)
- lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith
- fentayl (Actiq, Fentora, Duragesic, Onsolis and Abstral
- warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)
- 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)
- valproate (Depacon, Depakene)