There has been a great deal of discussion and concern surrounding the risks of taking antidepressants during pregnancy. And one Ohio couple has taken legal action against drug manufacturing giant, Pfizer, on behalf of their son J.D., who was born with serious heart defects.
Jim and Karen Doyle filed suit May 2, 2012, claiming that Pfizer’s SSRI drug, Zoloft, caused harm to their child. They further claim that the drug manufacturer knew of the risks of birth defects, including heart and cranial problems, but did nothing to warn protect pregnant women.
Zoloft is a commonly prescribed drug used to treat depression problems in many Americans. It is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). SSRIs suppress the reuptake of serotonin in the human brain.
Even though numerous studies have found a correlation between Zoloft and birth defects, Pfizer has continued to deny this link and still does not warn of these defects on its labeling. And the lawsuits against the prescription drug company continue to mount.
The Doyle lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, gives a history of Karen Doyle’s situation. In April of 1996, she was prescribed Zoloft for depression. Less than a year later, she became pregnant, but because neither she nor her doctor knew of any risks with the drug, she continued to take it throughout her pregnancy.
Her son, J.D., was born August 1, 1997 with a malformed heart. Since then he has undergone two cardiopulmonary bypasses, the first when he was only eight months old. J.D. will struggle with heart monitoring the rest of his life.
As pharmaceutical class action lawyers in Milwaukee, we see too many cases like this one. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious drug side effect, call at 800-800-5678 to connect with Hupy and Abraham in Wisconsin. We can help.