Zoloft user claims baby suffered defects

Michelle Keahey Mar. 19, 2012, 6:40am

NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans mother has filed a lawsuit against Pfizer claiming that its antidepressant drug Zoloft caused her baby to suffer birth defects after she took them during pregnancy.

Dayna Parker, individually and on behalf of her minor child, filed suit against Pfizer Inc. on March 9 in federal court in New Orleans.

Parker argues that Pfizer had the knowledge and the duty to provide the medical community with a stronger warning regarding the association between Zoloft and congenital birth defects.

The defendant is accused of violations of the Louisiana Products Liability Act and for violating the warranty of redhibition.

She is seeking an award of damages for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement, physical impairment, loss of consortium, companionship, service and society, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, interest and court costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Allan Berger and Andrew J. Geiger of Allan Berger & Associates in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00633

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