Pfizer Catches a Break as Federal Judge Dismisses 300+ Zoloft Cases

Published: Apr 07, 2016

A federal judge in Philadelphia dismissed more than 300 lawsuits against Pfizer Inc alleging that its antidepressant Zoloft caused birth defects in children born to women who took the drug while pregnant.

The decision late Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said that plaintiffs had not produced enough evidence to show a plausible scientific link between the drug and birth defects, following several previous decisions that excluded testimony from key expert witnesses for plaintiffs.

“The court recognizes that the final scientific verdict as to whether Zoloft can cause birth defects may not be delivered for many years,” Rufe wrote.

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