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More specifically, Torrie Johnson alleges that the injection of Zoloft while she was pregnant caused her unborn son to suffer from various birth defects including "congenital endocrinal cushion defect, a heart murmur, congestive heart failure, failure to thrive and a general developmental delay."
Zoloft is prescribed to treat conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. The lawsuit alleges that Pfizer actually encouraged doctors to prescribe Zoloft to pregnant women, as well as those who are trying to conceive. Johnson alleges that Zoloft maker Pfizer was negligent in failing to warn that if pregnant woman inject Zoloft, congenital defects may occur in their fetuses. She further alleges that Zoloft was negligently and intentionally designed, manufactured, and distributed.
Pfizer never performed studies on the drug to determine whether it could be linked to birth defects. According to the complaint, "Had Pfizer engaged in appropriate pharmacovigilance, they would have been aware of the numerous cases of birth defects caused by Zoloft prior to the time Plaintiff was prescribed Zoloft."