Another Zoloft Birth Defect lawsuit has been filed in Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff, Megan Armstrong filed this case on December13, 2011 in Pennsylvania blaming Pfizer Inc. for birth defects caused to her newborn following the use of Zoloft. She was prescribed Zoloft in 2006 as an antidepressant. She was pregnant at that time. Her son, William Blaze Armstrong, was born on May 5, 2006 and suffered many birth defects such as spina bifida, hydrocephalus, congenital birth defects and other related conditions. She blames Zoloft to be responsible for all the birth defects caused to her son.

Zoloft is an antidepressant drug. It has Sertraline as the main active ingredient. Zoloft is manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. It is also used to treat diseases such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It belongs to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) group of drugs. Sertraline was first developed in 1970s by Pfizer. Zoloft was presented for FDA approval in 1990 and was approved for many mood and stress related disorders.

The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff was not aware of potential birth related side effects of the antidepressant drug Zoloft. If she had been aware of the fact, she would have never taken the drug during pregnancy. It also blames Pfizer Inc. of not providing enough warning regarding birth related side effects of Zoloft, to the patients. Thus the lawsuit held both Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of drug and Wolters Kluwer, the company, which prepared patient monographs for Zoloft, liable for condition of plaintiff’s child.

This lawsuit has given way to a new trend of holding company, which published information about the drug, as a defendant. This lawsuit alleges that as Wolters Kluwer published information about the drug, it should be held responsible for accuracy of information provided. Thus the company is also responsible for any misinformation about the drug. Pfizer called it a fraudulent act. It claimed that blaming Wolters Kluwer is not appropriate. It also filed a petition to move the case Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania to the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The lawsuit was originally filed in Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania.

This case is one of the many cases filed against Pfizer Inc. related to Zoloft birth defects. Many such cases have been moved to Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The plaintiff Megan Armstrong blames that due to Zoloft side effect her son has suffered birth defects, which would make him suffer for whole life. She blames Pfizer for her son’s suffering in the past, future pain and suffering, mental distress, embarrassment and humiliation. She also blames the company for psychological injury and disability of her child. The child has also suffered disfigurement, as he has to undergo many surgeries as a result of birth defects. The lawsuit also claims that he may need other surgeries and treatments in future too. This will affect his life as a whole.

The plaintiff is asking for punitive damages. The lawsuit also asks for special compensation for lost wages, medical bills occurred in passed and future medical expenses and attorneys’ fees.