Class action over Zoloft filed in St. Louis

Andrea Dearden Feb. 15, 2012, 1:26am


ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis woman and a group of mothers like her are suing a pharmaceutical company that manufacturers a drug that allegedly caused birth defects in their children.

Shainyah Lancaster filed a class action lawsuit in St. Louis Circuit Court against Pfizer Inc.

According to the complaint, all of the women were prescribed the antidepressant Zoloft during their pregnancy despite the alleged risks to their unborn children. The mothers claim their children were later born with severe medical defects, including damage to their hearts.

The parents allege Pfizer knew the dangers of the drug Zoloft but hid information that showed all of the risks associated with taking the antidepressant during pregnancy. They claim the drug was defectively designed, inadequately tested and lacked the proper warnings about birth defects.

The mothers accuse Pfizer of negligence, fraud, failing to warn the public and unjust enrichment. They are asking for more than $200,000 in actual damages, along with punitive damages and court costs.

Attorneys Jeffrey I. Lowe, of St. Louis, David P. Matthews and Scott A. Love, of Houston, Tim K. Goss, of Dallas and Richard A. Freese, of Birmingham, Al., are representing the women.

St. Louis Circuit Court Case No. 1222-CC00766

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