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Parents Sue Pfizer over Zoloft Birth Defects

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Cindy and Gene Bendickson, Marianne Buneta and Jason Gultch, Calisa and John Black, Hope Lower, Monica and Roosevelt Jones, Mary Schultze, Norneesa Knowles and Sharon Jones and Antoine Bossier have filed a lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois alleging that the ingestion of the anti-depressant Zoloft during pregnancy led to their children being born with various birth defects.

The plaintiffs are from Indiana, Minnesota, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, and Texas. Their children were born with birth defects that include neural tube defects, gastroschisis, heart defects, omphalocele, cleft lip, craniosynostosis, club foot, limb reduction defect, and anal atresia.

According to the lawsuit, the mothers used Zoloft only because they believed it was safe to take the medication during pregnancy. The suit also alleges that Pfizer knew of the dangers of Zoloft to the developing fetus, but failed to alert consumers to those risks, in fact, the lawsuit says that Pfizer marketed Zoloft as the safest anti-depressant on the market for pregnant mothers, despite it knowing the dangers.

“Pfizer’s sales force blitzed doctor’s offices with literature and verbal presentations designed to convince doctors and consumers that Zoloft was a superior drug for treatment of, among other things, depression during pregnancy,” the suit states. “Pfizer aggressively promoted Zoloft as an improvement over other antidepressant drugs on the ground that Zoloft was less likely to cause side effects if taken during pregnancy,” The Madison Record reported.

The lawsuit alleges strict product liability, negligence, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranties, misrepresentation by omission, negligent misrepresentation, fraud by concealment, fraud and misrepresentation, and violation of consumer protection laws.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory damages, plus statutory remedies, disgorgement of profit, pre-judgment interests, costs, fees, and any relief the court deems as just. disclaimer: This article: Parents Sue Pfizer over Zoloft Birth Defects was posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 8:42 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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