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Zoloft lawsuits have recently been moving through multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania. This is one of a list of legal problems currently facing Pfizer, the drug’s manufacturers. At least 250 Zoloft lawsuits were filed by plaintiffs of Pennsylvania litigation. In these Zoloft lawsuits, they allege that use of the antidepressant during pregnancy causes birth defects.

Other Zoloft lawsuit cases have claimed violent behaviors as a result of the medication. Suicides and homicides have occurred in several patients who were prescribed to Zoloft before committing the acts. Pfizer has chosen to deny most of these claims. However, current court disputes have ruled in favor patients.

Zoloft Lawsuit Claims

A class action Zoloft lawsuit case in California is accusing the company of promoting ineffective medication. Some experts say the medication is equally effective as placebo or no treatment at all. These conclusions were established with the help of clinical studies about Zoloft’s effectiveness. The Zoloft lawsuit is charging that Pfizer knew the drug’s benefits were overestimated.

More than 92 Zoloft lawsuits are alleging that birth defects are caused by the drug. As a result, Zoloft lawsuits are being filed in order to help parents manage health care costs from the associated conditions.

Many other Zoloft users have also filed Zoloft lawsuits from distressing physical and psychological effects. As a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), Zoloft has commonly been noted to solicit side effects in those prescribed to it. If the effects from the medication are severe then the patient has a right to file suit claiming company liability.

Zoloft Side Effects

Studies have determined that Zoloft can cause birth defects if patients use the medication while pregnant. Statistics show that women are twice as likely to suffer a birth defect to their child if prescribed to Zoloft. Premature birth can also occur as a result of using Zoloft while pregnant.

Other effects from Zoloft:

  • Suicide – Use of Zoloft has been linked to increased likelihood of self-harming impulses
  • Withdrawal – Long-term use of Zoloft induces physical dependency which will lead to Withdrawal Syndrome when discontinued
  • Septal heart defects – Septal heart defects are the most common birth defect caused by Zoloft

Zoloft effects on pregnancy:

  • Agitation of newborn
  • Abnormal muscle tone
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Infant suffers seizures

Birth defects from Zoloft:

  • Heart defects
  • Transposition of great arteries
  • Coarctation of aorta
  • Patent ductus arterioles
  • Ebstein’s anomaly
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Omphalocele
  • Anal atresia
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Club foot
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHT)

Class Action Lawsuit in California

Pfizer is being sued in a consumer class action Zoloft lawsuit. This Zoloft lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The class action Zoloft lawsuit alleges that patients experienced no benefit from use of the antidepressant medication.

The California class action Zoloft lawsuit is being headed by Laura Plumlee. She claims that three years of being prescribed to Zoloft had no positive effect for her. The lawyer involved with this Zoloft lawsuit believes the Food and Drug Administration should not have approved Zoloft because of inefficacy.

This Zoloft lawsuit is a two-part class action lawsuit. One of the Zoloft lawsuits is for all California residents who were prescribed to Zoloft. The other Zoloft lawsuit is for all Zoloft patients in the U.S. The California Zoloft lawsuit is requesting that Pfizer correct the package insert about potential risks and refunding all patients for the amounts spent on Zoloft.

Consumer fraud laws are different in every state, but it is likely to continue in other states if this Zoloft lawsuit case is won. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are often sued by patients for harm or hiding risks from the public. However, this is a different kind of Zoloft lawsuit where patients are both requesting a refund and challenging the FDA.

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