Lawyers in our Mass Torts Section are investigating claims on behalf of minor children born with Zoloft-related injuries, such as heart defects, lung defects, and other birth defects. Manufactured by Pfizer, Zoloft (Sertraline) is part of a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and is among the most widely-prescribed medications in the United States. Studies have shown that SSRI usage, including Zoloft usage, during pregnancy carries a substantial risk of having a baby born with a congenital birth defect.
Approximately 250 Zoloft lawsuits have been filed on behalf of minor children born with Zoloft-related injuries in the Zoloft MDL, which is pending before the Honorable Cynthia Rufe in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Court issued a scheduling order last month tentatively scheduling discovery deadlines and setting the first trial to begin no later than September 2014.
Andy Birchfield, who heads up our Mass Torts Section, is serving on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee, in the MDL. Roger Smith, another lawyer in the section, is actively participating in various litigation committees in the Zoloft MDL. If you need additional information on this litigation, including information relating to potential claims, contact Roger Smith or Linda Reynolds who are in our Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Roger.Smith@beasleyallen.com or Linda.Reynolds@beasleyallen.com.
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