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Injury Lawyers Release New Infographic and Video about the Antidepressant Zoloft and Its Alleged Dangers
Date:7/22/2013

(PRWEB) July 22, 2013

Zoloft (sertaline hydrochloride) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) which has been used to treat anxiety and depression. The drug was first approved by the FDA in 1991 and it has since earned Pfizer hundreds of millions of dollars. According to the company’s annual report, it earned over $537 million in sales in 2011 alone (i). In recent years, SSRI antidepressants like Zoloft have been the subject of FDA warnings and lawsuits. The FDA has issued two warnings on the potential link between SSRIs and persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN). The first warning about this link was issued in July 2006 but the most recent warning in December 2011 stated that medical studies have neither conclusively confirmed nor denied this link. After looking at the data, the FDA found that two studies suggested an increased risk of PPHN with SSRI use in pregnancy while three studies did not support this conclusion (ii).

Some women who took this drug during pregnancy have talked to Zoloft attorneys resulting in hundreds of birth defect lawsuits. These proceedings were consolidated through multidistrict litigation (MDL) on April 17, 2012 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. According to a July 10, 2013 report from the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, there have been a total of 412 lawsuits filed and there are currently 370 legal actions pending in the case of In Re: Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation - MDL 2342. These actions “involve allegations that Zoloft, a prescription medication approved for the treatment of depression and other ailments, causes birth defects in children when their mothers ingest the drug while pregna
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