Lawsuit Claims Zoloft Causes Birth Defects

On December 24, 2012, New Jersey couple Brian and Jennifer Fox filed a lawsuit against drug manufacturing company Pfizer. The lawsuit alleges that popular antidepressant Zoloft causes birth defects when taken by pregnant women.

English: Logo of Pfizer Incorporated.

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According to the complaint, Jennifer was taking Zoloft while she was pregnant with her son, “L.K.F.” Her son was subsequently born with birth defects including Hypospadias. When males are born with Hypospadias, the opening of the urethra is located on the underside of the penis, rather than the end.

The lawsuit states, “Pfizer knew or should have know that Zoloft crosses the placenta, which could have substantial implications for the developing fetus.” L.K.F.’s parents claim that Pfizer did nothing to warn patients or physicians of the risks that Zoloft poses to fetuses when ingested by pregnant women.

The complaint continues, “Pfizer failed to fully, truthfully and accurately disclose Zoloft data to the FDA, and as a result negligently, intentionally and fraudulently misled the medical community, the consuming public, including Plaintiff  Brian Fox . . . and Mrs. Fox, about the high risks to the fetus associated with the use of Zoloft during pregnancy.” The lawsuit finally alleges that, had Jennifer Fox known of the risks, she would not have taken Zoloft.

The complaint alleges various counts of products liability, breach of warranty, negligence, fraud, deceptive trade practices, and unjust enrichment. The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory as well as punitive damages against Pfizer.