Zoloft

  • Zoloft

Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride), an antidepressant, is a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It was developed and manufactured by Pfizer in the early 90's. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sertraline in 1999. This drug affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms. In 2013, it was the most prescribed antidepressant. It is administered both in adults and children to treat conditions such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.

 

 

Serious Alleged Injuries may include:

  • Psychiatric problems
  • Abnormal blood pressure
  • Physical deformities
  • Stomach problems
  • Hearing Loss
  • Cleft lip, Cleft palate, Clubfoot, webbed toes
  • Vision problems
  • Skull deformities
  • Heart defects

FDA Warnings

Since the drug's introduction, the FDA has issued safety alerts regarding unreported side effects of Zoloft, which was seen to cause certain unexpected injuries to the babies born when their mothers had consumed this drug during pregnancy.

In 2011, FDA reported a Safety warning regarding the use of SSRI in pregnancy and rare heart and lung condition in newborn babies.

Lawsuit Allegations:

In 2012, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Zoloft consolidated birth defect cases in MDL No. 2342 (In Re: Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to be presided by Judge Cynthia M. Rufe. What started as more than 700 lawsuits in the MDL, trickled down to only 5 as of October 2017 (nearly 300 cases were dismissed by Judge Rufe on account of failure of adequate evidence)

Evidences:

  • Duration of Zoloft usage in pregnant females from Medical Records
  • Usage of Zoloft and other antidepressants in Pharmacy Records
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of birth anomalies after Zoloft Intake
  • Treatment required for the birth related defects in affected child

Medical Record Review and claim validation of Zoloft case should take approximately 3 hours in most instances; however, this approximation may vary in cases based on the volume of records.

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