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Supposed danger of Zoloft hits home in Wisconsin for couple

There are so many things to think about when one is pregnant, things to worry about and things to be excited about, too. Patients put their trust in not just doctors but drug manufacturers that if drug facts say a drug is safe during pregnancy, then those facts are true. During pregnancy, expecting mothers are particularly important to protect, since it is the life of a child on the line.

Most expecting mothers know not to drink alcohol, smoke or even drink too much caffeine when pregnant. But if a drug company advertises that it is okay for a mom-to-be to take a drug while pregnant, how is she supposed to know that taking that drug actually might be life-threatening to her unborn baby?

A Wisconsin couple is suing Pfizer, the maker of the popular anti-depressant Zoloft (generic version is Sertraline). The couple gave birth to a baby girl in 2010 only to lose her on the same day when she was born. They blame the fatal birth defects that their baby was born with on the fact that the mother had taken Zoloft during her pregnancy.

The civil lawsuit accuses the drug company of essentially lying to and misleading safety officials and the public about the safety of ingesting Zoloft during pregnancy. Not even the plaintiffs' doctor, for example, knew to take the mother off of the drug because of Pfizer's misrepresentation of the drug's safety.

Pfizer is being sued by other parties for similar reasons; the various cases are pending in Pennsylvania. The Wisconsin plaintiffs are seeking justice for the wrongful death of their child among other related losses.

Our Wisconsin wrongful death attorneys help those who have lost loved ones to negligence. We listen to every victim's story and fight to try to get a happier ending for that story.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Wisconsin couple files Zoloft wrongful death claim in Phila. federal court," Jon Campisi, Jan. 4, 2013

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