Nearly 140 Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuits are Currently Pending in a Multidistrict Litigation in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Zoloft Lawsuits Allege Use of the Antidepressant During Pregnancy Caused Serious Birth Defects, Including Craniosynostosis, Omphalocele, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the Newborn, Hypoplastic Left or Right Heart Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cleft Palate, Atrial Septal Heart Defects, Ventricular Septal Heart Defects and Others.
Melville, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2012
Attorneys Andres Alonso and David Krangle, founding partners of Alonso Krangle LLP, a leading law firm focused on fighting for the rights of serious personal injury victims due to harmful drugs, are investigating potential Zoloft birth defect side effect lawsuit claims on behalf of victims of alleged Zoloft birth defects. Nearly 140 Zoloft birth defect lawsuits are currently pending in a multidistrict underway in U.S. District Court, District of Eastern Pennsylvania before the Honorable Cynthia Rufe (MDL No. 2342). The first status conference in the Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation was held on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Madisonrecord.com news: Zoloft cases continue to be fought as MDL gets under way; Pfizer seeks to sever local claims.
Zoloft birth defect lawsuit s allege the antidepressant causes birth defects in children when their mothers take Zoloft while pregnant, including:
- Atrial and Ventricular Septal Heart Defects (ASD/VSD)
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Transposition of Great Arteries
- Coarctation of the Aorta (CoA)
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Craniosynostosis and other Skull Defects
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
- Pulmonary Atresia
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Spina Bifida
- Anal Atresia
- Limb Reduction Defects
- Clubbed Foot
- Oral Clefts, Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
Alonso Krangel is offering free Zoloft birth defect lawsuit evaluations to any family who believes their child’s suffering was the result of their mother’s use of Zoloft during pregnancy. To discuss a potential Zoloft birth defect lawsuit with one of the experienced and compassionate defective drug lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, FightForVictims.com.
Zoloft is known as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressant, or SSRI. Pfizer brought Zoloft to market in 1991, and the drug is approved to treat major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and anxiety disorders. A number of studies, however, indicate that use of Zoloft during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born with any number of birth defects. Just this past January, a large study conducted by researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutace and published in the British Medical Journal found that children born to women who took Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants face double the risk of having a baby born with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a life-threatening lung condition. An earlier study, published in 2006 in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that women who used SSRIs like Zoloft after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to give birth to an infant with PPHN. A study published the following year in the NEJM found that babies born to women who used Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy were twice as likely to suffer heart-related birth defects, especially ventricular outflow defects and septal defects.
In a Transfer Order dated 4/17/2012, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that all Zoloft birth defect lawsuit filed in U.S. federal courts be transferred to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, before Judge Rufe. The 138 lawsuits currently pending in the litigation allege that Pfizer failed to warn patients and their doctors about the potential risk of birth defects when Zoloft is taken during pregnancy. All of the complaints in the litigation were brought on behalf of children who were born with serious birth defects following their mothers’ use of Zoloft during pregnancy. coop.jpml.uscourts.gov/Panel_Orders/MDL-2342-Initial_Transfer.pdf
There is still time for families who believe their child’s birth defect was caused by Zoloft to file Zoloft birth defect lawsuits in this litigation. To discuss a potential claim with one of the experienced and compassionate Zoloft birth defect lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website at fightforvictims.com.
About Alonso Krangle LLP
Andres Alonso and David Krangle, attorneys with almost 40 years of collective legal experience, have focused their law practice on the handling of significant personal injury cases, defective drug and medical device litigation, construction site accidents, nursing home abuse, medical negligence, qui tam/whistleblower actions and consumer fraud cases. A leading law firm representing injured victims throughout the U.S., Alonso Krangle LLP is headquartered in Long Island, New York, with offices in New York City, and plans to open additional locations in New Jersey.
For more information about Alonso Krangle or to join the fight and be a part of our team, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, FightForVictims.com.