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Parents claim Zoloft caused birth defects

December 1, 2011

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. — A recently filed lawsuit against Pfizer claims the ingestion of Zoloft during pregnancy led eight different couples to parent children with various birth defects, The Madison/St. Clair Record reported.

Couples from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin, Texas and New York are named as plaintiffs in the case.

The complaint alleges that children were born with varying birth defects — including heart defects, neural tube defects and gastroschisis — after their mothers ingested the anti-depressant Zoloft during their pregnancies.

"Pfizer knew or should have known that Zoloft crosses the placenta, which could have important implications for the developing fetus," the suit states.