Zoloft MDL Expert Witness

The judge presiding over the Zoloft MDL in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted the plaintiffs group’s motion to present a new causation analysis expert witness last month.  Although marketed as safe during pregnancy, hundreds of plaintiffs have filed lawsuits over birth defects. Use of the antidepressant during pregnancy has been linked to a serious lung condition that can prevent an infant from getting enough oxygen. Injurylawyer-news.com writes that additional birth complications include “apnea, seizures, heart defects, difficulty feeding, irritability, trouble regulating body temperature, autism, and malformations of the skull or brain.”

Information on In Re: Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, MDL 2342, The Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe, Presiding, may be found here: https://www.paed.uscourts.gov/mdl2342.asp

This Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) was created by Order of the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL Panel”) on April 17, 2012. The typical case involves claims by a plaintiff from anywhere in the United States against defendant Pfizer, Inc., and may name other defendants as well.  In its April 17, 2012 Order, the MDL Panel found that the actions in this MDL “involve common questions of fact, and that centralization in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation.”

The MDL Panel noted that the actions “involve allegations that Zoloft, a prescription medication approved for the treatment of depression and other ailments, causes birth defects in children when their mothers ingest the drug while pregnant.” Pfizer and the other defendants deny these allegations. The Panel further found that “[c]entralization will eliminate duplicative discovery; prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings; and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary.”

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