A group of mothers has filed a class action lawsuit in St. Louis Circuit Court against Pfizer Inc., alleging that the antidepressant Zoloft caused their children to be born with birth defects.
According to the class action lawsuit, each woman in the group was prescribed Zoloft during their pregnancy, and that their children were born with birth defects, including heart damage. The lawsuit says that Pfizer knew of the dangers Zoloft posed to unborn children when used during pregnancy. It also claims that Pfizer hid information regarding the risks associated with use of the drug during pregnancy.
The lawsuit charges Pfizer with defective design, inadequate testing, and failure to include adequate warnings regarding the risks of birth defects. Other charges include negligence, fraud, and unjust enrichment.
The lawsuit seeks more than $200,000 in actual damages as well as punitive damages and court costs, the Madison Record reported.