Sales figures that are readily available show that there have been well over 30 million prescriptions issued for Zoloft, putting it at the top of the list of anti-depressants sold in the country. First introduced by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in 1991, Zoloft is a second-generation antidepressant that also has been prescribed for a variety of other mental problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and panic or anxiety disorder. As with most drugs that become hugely successful there have been side effects reported with the use of Zoloft that have caused the government to warn the public about these dangers and victims of these side effects to file a Zoloft lawsuit.
In terms of government oversight of Zoloft, as early as 1996 the Food and Drug Administration took legal action against Pfizer on the grounds that the company was advertising and selling the drug on claims that were not substantiated or approved by the FDA and the FDA made its dissatisfaction known by publicizing this action. In 2006 the FDA issued a public health advisory in which it informed the public that Zoloft had been linked to dangerous side effects that were causing birth defects in infants born to mothers who used Zoloft while they were pregnant. These included a life-threatening condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns as well as cranial, heart, lung and abdominal defects.
These government actions along with an increasing number of reports from Zoloft victims steadily fueled the number of lawsuits filed by Zoloft lawyers who are seeking millions of dollars of damages from Pfizer.