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Mothers say defective drugs caused their children's birth defects

Reaching out to health care providers for help with depression or anxiety can be a difficult task for some people. Once an individual in Hawaii is finally able to make that request for help, they generally hope for the best and imagine that things will improve in the future. However, a group of women claim that their children were actually seriously harmed after they were prescribed supposed defective drugs during their pregnancy.

An additional 13 lawsuits were recently filed against Zoloft’s manufacturer, Pfizer Inc. These women all say that health care providers gave them prescriptions for Zoloft while they were pregnant, which they took in accordance with their physician’s guidance. This exposed their infants in utero to the medication, and apparently led to serious problems.

When the children were born they all suffered serious birth defects. These include pulmonary hypertension, craniofacial defects and at least one infant who was born with multiple holes in his or her heart. According to the claim, Pfizer should have been aware of Zoloft’s effect on pregnant women and their children in order to caution against its use in an appropriate manner.

The women assert that their children have already suffered serious injuries and, due to their birth defects, will continue to do so. Hawaii mothers and their children who have been similarly harmed from Zoloft or other defective drugs may pursue a products liability claim against the manufacturer of the drug. Although financial recourse can never undo any physical or emotional damage that was done, the successful litigation of such a claim can ensure that individuals who have suffered from a defective drug can be adequately compensated in order to deal related medical bills and even long-lasting pain and suffering.

Source: wvrecord.com, "Thirteen more lawsuits filed against Pfizer for Zoloft", Kyla Asbury, July 25, 2014

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