Plaintiffs Suing Pfizer to Hire New Pharmacology Expert Witness

Plaintiffs suing Pfizer Inc over its antidepressant drug Zoloft will have until mid-June to find a new pharmacology expert witness to testify that the drug can cause birth defects.  This comes after a St. Louis jury held that the medication did not cause heart abnormalities in Logyn Pesante. His family was seeking over $2.7M for medical costs and recompense for his physical defects. The company faces over 1000 similar suits in federal and state courts.

The FDA Safety Announcement dated 12-14-2011 states:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating the public on the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants by women during pregnancy and the potential risk of a rare heart and lung condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). The initial Public Health Advisory in July 2006 on this potential risk was based on a single published study.  Since then, there have been conflicting findings from new studies evaluating this potential risk, making it unclear whether use of SSRIs during pregnancy can cause PPHN.

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