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Rottenstein Law Group Made Aware of New Study Possibly Linking Zoloft with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns


(New York, NY, January 18, 2012) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the birth defects caused by the antidepressant Zoloft, has learned of a new study possibly linking pregnant women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which include Zoloft, and infants born with persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN).
According to a Yahoo! News article that appeared on January 12, a new Swedish study shows that pregnant women who take an antidepressant like Zoloft late in their pregnancies are twice as likely to give birth to a child with PPHN, a condition that could lead to shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
The study, conducted at the Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, looked at data from more than 1 million births from 1996 to 2007 in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, according to the article.
“Of the nearly 11,000 mothers who used an SSRI in late pregnancy, 33 babies (0.2 percent) were born with persistent pulmonary hypertension,” the article states. “Among the 54,000 mothers who had previously been diagnosed with a mental problem but who did not SSRIs during their pregnancy, 114 infants were born with persistent pulmonary hypertension.”
The Rottenstein Law Group’s  Zoloft Birth Defects Information Center contains social media features that allow for easy sharing on sites like Facebook and Twitter, which enables visitors to spread the word about the potential dangers associated with Zoloft. The firm encourages visitors to link to its sites from their own blogs and Web sites to spread information about dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.
About the Rottenstein Law Group
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, a lawyer with over two decades of experience in compassionate representation of clients in consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action law suits. For more information, please visit their Web site, or call (888) 9-ROT-LAW.


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