Is there currently a class-action Zoloft lawsuit?
No Zoloft class action lawsuits are underway. But Pfizer, which sold the drug in the United States, paid $2.3 billion to settle claims that they illegally marketed the drug. In 2012, multidistrict litigation began in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of 92 federal Zoloft lawsuits. In 2016, the cases were dismissed. However, scientists continue to study the effects of Zoloft on pregnancy. If further links are found, more lawsuits may be filed. It’s your right to file a lawsuit.
Anyone in the U.S. with a claim can join an MDL. McIntyre Law represents clients all over the country—though we’re based in America’s heartland. We will represent you as if you were just next door. Our founder, Noble McIntyre, is just a phone call away.
What to Know Before You File a Lawsuit
You may be eligible to file a Zoloft lawsuit if you or your child have suffered because of the drug. But be aware—you’ll be facing a multinational pharmaceutical company that deals with lawsuits like these all the time. Winning your case will be an uphill battle if you don’t have experienced professionals on your side. McIntyre Law will help you file the appropriate petitions, summons, and complaints with the court. If this paperwork isn’t correct, you could lose your right to compensation.
You’ll also need to obtain medical records for yourself and for your child. You’ll need to do this very soon because legal requirements for storing medical records vary from state to state. McIntyre Law will help you get those records before they are destroyed.
What is a contingency fee?
When a lawyer works on a “contingency fee” basis, they’re agreeing to accept a fixed percentage of any monetary rewards from your lawsuit to cover their legal fees. If there are no rewards from your Zoloft case, you don’t pay the lawyer.
We get paid if, and only if, you do.
The Statute of Limitations for Zoloft Lawsuits
Courts limit the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. It’s called the “statute of limitations,” and it varies from state to state and case to case. From the moment you knew, or should have known, about the injuries caused by Zoloft, the clock is ticking.
Drug companies may try to argue that your statute of limitations has run out. If your child shows the signs of developmental delays, such as autism, you may not have seen these signs for months or years after you stopped taking Zoloft. So, if you were taking Zoloft during your pregnancy, and your child has a developmental delay, call us before it’s too late. We can help you determine whether you can file a Zoloft lawsuit.
What compensation can I get from a Zoloft lawsuit?
When deciding on compensation, the courts look at all of the different ways that physical injuries, emotional suffering, and other issues impacted the lives of the victims. So, you are eligible for compensation for more than just medical costs. The court realizes that birth defects and developmental delays caused by Zoloft will impact you, your child, and your family for decades. Compensation types include:
- Cash awards
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Future expenses
- Travel costs for medical visits
- Emotional suffering
Working with McIntyre Law
Autism presents a lifelong struggle for those who live with it and their families. If drug companies didn’t tell us about the risks, they are responsible for causing American families to suffer. At McIntyre Law, we want drug companies to pay their fair share for the damage their products create. We want suffering families like you get the compensation you deserve.
Do you have a case for a Zoloft lawsuit?
If you took Zoloft during your pregnancy and your child suffers from a birth defect or developmental delay—especially autism—call us today. The drug companies who failed to warn you of the risks of Zoloft should compensate you. Call us and speak to our Zoloft experts. It’s free and only takes a few minutes. You have nothing to lose.
What is Zoloft?
Zoloft (Sertraline) is part of a family of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs are prescribed to patients suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. SSRIs are thought to work by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the body. When serotonin levels are higher, people may experience an improvement in their mood, lessening the impact of depression and anxiety.
Zoloft is typically prescribed to treat: Major depressive disorder (MDD), Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Panic disorder (PD), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Social anxiety disorder (SAD), and Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). When pregnant women are taking SSRIs like Zoloft, their fetus will show higher-than-normal levels of serotonin.
Who manufactures Zoloft?
Pfizer sells Zoloft in the United States. In 2009, Pfizer paid $2.3 billion to settle claims that they illegally marketed Zoloft and other drugs. The company has vigorously defended claims that it failed to warn people of the risk of birth defects resulting from taking their drugs.
Are there other drugs like Zoloft?
SSRIs like Zoloft can all cause similar side effects—including birth defects and developmental delays. If you were being treated for depression while you were pregnant, you may have a claim even if you took a different SSRI. Call McIntyre Law if you think your child suffered as a result of exposure to one of these SSRIs:
Celexa (citalopram) treats depression.
Lexapro (escitalopram) treats depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
Paxil (paroxetine) treats depression, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
Prozac (fluoxetine) treats depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, some eating disorders, and panic attacks.
Zoloft Side Effects and Birth Defects
Approximately 1 in 110 children in the United States have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This is an increase of about 17% since the late 1990s and coincides with an increase in antidepressant use in women of childbearing age. Studies of SSRI patients have shown that the drugs increase the risk of birth defects. Further evidence shows that SSRIs may increase the risk of autism. Symptoms of autism and other developmental disorders often aren’t visible until well after birth. Here are some of the possible side effects of Zoloft use during pregnancy:
- Heart defects, including hypoplastic left heart syndrome and coarctation of the aorta
- Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
- Respiratory problems
- Club feet
- Cleft lip and/or palate
- Clubbed foot
- Cleft lip or palate
- Spina Bifida
Is it safe to take Zoloft while pregnant?
If you’re currently taking an SSRI and become pregnant, don’t stop taking your medication without speaking to your doctor. It can be detrimental to your mental state to abruptly cease antidepressant use. You may also suffer physical withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe an alternative medication that doesn’t carry the same risks as SSRIs. The key is to openly communicate with all the physicians who treat you—your primary care doctor, your psychiatrist, and your obstetrician. Keeping them informed and following their advice, will help you to enjoy a safe and successful pregnancy while reducing the risk of your baby suffering a birth injury.
After you give birth, your child may be exposed to Zoloft through breastfeeding. Consult your doctor before starting or stopping Zoloft use.
Even though studies have shown that SSRI use may increase the likelihood of birth defects, neither the FDA nor Pfizer have recalled the drug.
Zoloft and the FDA
The FDA approved Zoloft in 1991. Since then, it has monitored both labeling and side effects of this powerful drug.
The first SSRI fluoxetine, marketed as Prozac, was introduced in the United States.
The FDA gives initial approval to Zoloft
(August) The FDA approves Zoloft for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
(October) The FDA approves Zoloft for treatment of pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
The FDA approves Zoloft for treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).
(February) The FDA approves Zoloft for treatment of social anxiety disorder.
(September) The FDA approves Zoloft as a treatment option for children.
Study finds that SSRIs are associated with increased incidence of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, a rare but frequently deadly condition.
Pfizer pays $2.3 billion to settle claims of illegally marketing Zoloft and other drugs.
Johns Hopkins study shows that boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to SSRIs in the womb.
Study of more than 18,000 pregnant women shows that SSRI use increased the risk of certain birth defects.
How did Zoloft get approved by the FDA?
Zoloft is among several SSRIs that have been approved by the FDA. Prozac was the first SSRI to be approved in 1988. Because Zoloft has been shown to increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children and young adults, its label shows a “black box warning”—the strictest warning the FDA gives on approved drugs.