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Missouri couple files lawsuit over fatal birth defects linked to Zoloft

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A Missouri woman has become the latest to claim taking the antidepressant drug Zoloft during her pregnancy led to birth defects in her baby which proved fatal.

According to a report at, Paula Peska claims she was prescribed Zoloft durin her pregnancy in 2008. She gave birth on Oct. 27 but her baby was born with numerous cardiac side effects. Peska’s baby died the next day.

In her lawsuit, filed with the baby’s father Scott Day, Peska claims her baby was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, truncus arteriosus, ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect, confluent branch pulmonary arteries, pulmonary valve atresia and other heart defects.

Peska’s lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York federal court and is among numerous recently filed lawsuits by other mothers who claim taking Zoloft during their pregnancy led to life-altering and sometimes fatal side effects.

The amount of lawsuits filed in recent years has been fueled by studies which have highlighted the risks of these side effects. The lawsuit claims Pfizer, makers of Zoloft, knew of the side effects posed by the drug to pregnant women but did not inform the public. It claims the company has ignored studies which have drawn a connection between the drug and the birth defects and failed to publish its own studies which showed similar links. disclaimer: This article: Missouri couple files lawsuit over fatal birth defects linked to Zoloft was posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 6:24 am at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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