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Alaskan Couple Files Lawsuit Against Zoloft For Birth Defects

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Susan and James Hodge have filed a lawsuit in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court against Zoloft manufacturer Pfizer, alleging that the antidepressant caused a fatal birth defect in their child. Susan was prescribed Zoloft during the pregnancy. The lawsuit also names Zoloft distributor Cardinal Health Inc., as a defendant.

According to the lawsuit, Hodge’s son Dillon was born October 1, 2009, without a large part of his brain and skull, a fatal defect known as anencephaly. Dillon passed away in Susan’s arms 18 hours after his birth.

The lawsuit says Dillon’s death was caused by Zoloft and that “Pfizer knew or should have known that Zoloft crosses the placenta, which could have important implications for the developing fetus,” and that Pfizer suppressed information about the risks of Zoloft and supplied misleading product information to doctors and patients regarding the potential for birth defects. The lawsuit continues that Susan Hodge, “trusted that serious conditions associated with Zoloft, such as congenital birth defects, would have been included and emphasized in the written drug information provided in her prescription. …

“[She] relied upon the fact that congenital birth defects and other serious pregnancy issues were not listed or emphasized on the Zoloft monograph and/or drug information as a basis to believe that Zoloft was safe for use during her pregnancy and would not cause congenital birth defects.”

The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages of an unknown amount. disclaimer: This article: Alaskan Couple Files Lawsuit Against Zoloft For Birth Defects was posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 6:27 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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