Pfizer Prevails In 2 W.Va. Zoloft Birth Defect Suits

By Emily Field (February 16, 2017, 6:14 PM EST) -- A West Virginia state panel on Wednesday tossed two suits brought by mothers claiming that their children's cardiac birth defects were caused by taking Pfizer Inc.'s antidepressant Zoloft, after they withdrew their sole expert, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner.

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge James P. Mazzone, who authored the opinion, dismissed with prejudice suits brought by Michelle Cook and Angela Hughes, who claimed that Pfizer failed to warn them about the risks of birth defects from taking Zoloft during pregnancy. After their first witness became unavailable because of a medical condition, the women substituted David Kessler as...

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