Pfizerâ€™s Zoloft antidepressant drug not behind birth defects
This is going to give a great feeling to pharma giant Pfizer bosses. The companyâ€™s one major drug was accused by detractors to cause birth defects. But now the company bosses can breathe easy, as it has been proved that the accusations were not true.
Latest reports suggest that the first U.S. trial on Pfizerâ€™s Zoloft antidepressant showed that the drug actually didnâ€™t cause birth defects in children born from women who took the drug during pregnancy.
Kristyn Pesante who believed that the drug was behind her childâ€™s health condition had accused Pfizer and had claimed the company â€œon purposelyâ€ did not reveal the side effects of the drug in order to get higher sales. Later the trial was conducted in St. Louis, Missouri which took a week to reach a conclusion.
Not just Pesante was asking Pfizer for compensation she was also demanding disciplinary measure against the pharma giant. It is needless to say that the company was under stress over the question. Aside from Pesanteâ€™s complaint, there were also a number of other lawsuits filed against Zoloft because pregnant mothers give birth to babies with cardiac and other birth defects.
It is needless to say that the trial held this past Friday was the most important case because it was the first case selected, and most probably represented the voice of other suffering mothers. Pfizer presented similar medical evidences and other possible theories, and neglecting the fact that there were also other cases across the nation.
The issue was taken to the court three years ago in 2012 when Pesanta stated that she took the drug during her first trimester because Pfizer claimed that Zoloft is the best treatment for pregnant women experiencing depression, and it has the lowest risk of side effects as compared to other drugs of the same purpose. She was not aware of the risks that time which is why she took the drug. Zoloft has been on the approved list of drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is among a group of antidepressant drugs called the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) widely prescribed, which effectively lowers depression among women.
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