Pfizer Wants Professor's Report Out Of Birth Defect MDL

Law360, New York (February 6, 2014, 8:11 PM EST) -- Pfizer Inc. on Wednesday slammed a report by a Canadian professor that linked birth defects to pregnant women's use of Pfizer's antidepressant Zoloft, asking the court not to include her testimony in multidistrict litigation in a Pennsylvania court over the drug.

Anick Berard, who teaches at the University of Montreal, is not a medical doctor, Pfizer said, arguing that her report "cherry-picked" only studies that back her opinions and that it did not properly address other research showing Zoloft does not cause such defects, according to its motion.

Birth defects have occurred for years in roughly up to 5 percent of...

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