Impact of Antidepressants Upon the Unborn -The Manie Foundation

As of March 17, 2018 it has now been 14 years since Manie was born with a rare heart defect & was rushed into emergency heart surgery when only 8 days old. Then two years ago learned he also has a rare lung defect. And on September 6, 2016 went in for additional surgery. Thus the Manie Foundation was born.

Manie Edgington was born in the heartland of America needing open heart surgery in order to save his life. This was the result of Julie’s extremely short term use of the antidepressant Paxil, a drug she discontinued only a few weeks after his conception when she realized she was pregnant. Sadly for Manie & his mother that was already weeks too late.

This same type of surgery was necessary for two baby boys in my own small Utah neighborhood where the families attended church with me. One of those had also been exposed to Paxil throughout his mother’s pregnancy and the other was exposed to the Prozac residue his mother had taken just before her pregnancy.

With the extremely high rate of use of antidepressants among women of childbearing age this information needs to get out to the public far, far more than what it is now!! How many babies is this happening to that we never hear about, that the mothers never even learn about? I know the stories of the two babies in my neighborhood were never made public in any way whatsoever. The reason for that was with the first one because the mother worked for a pharmacy and she remained on the drug, so she never wanted to take her son’s case to court. The other mother tried to file a case for her son, but as happens so often in going against a drug company with tons of money in their coffers set aside fight such cases, she could not find an attorney who would take her baby’s case pro bono and she did not have the funds to file it herself.

And then in one other case in my small neighborhood, my next door neighbor’s sister, who had been on Prozac for 7 years before weaning off, gave birth to a baby one and a half years after discontinuing her use of Prozac. When the baby was 3 weeks old it was passing more blood than stool. Both her family physician and pediatrician confirmed our fears that it was the Prozac residue in her mother’s milk that was eating away the baby’s intestinal lining. Further confirmation of that came as a mother who had never taken these drugs donated her mother’s milk so that the baby could receive her milk mixed half in half with the mother’s milk which stopped the baby’s intestinal bleeding.

And in two other cases I am aware of another neighbor on Prozac during her pregnancy gave birth to a baby boy with Autism. As he was never given vaccines it was always clear go the parents that Prozac had produced the Autism in their son which because they have chosen for years now to treat with diet & herbs is doing better & better.

The other case involved blood sugar issues. Hypoglycemia was the first birth defect noticed in babies born to mothers who had taken antidepressants. Of course early hypoglycemia would indicate that there is also early diabetes in these babies. A mother on antidepressants was asked to give a talk at church about the safety of antidepressants during pregnancy! That mother went on to assure everyone that her baby was just fine and that using antidepressants during pregnancy was a safe thing to do since she was still on her anti-depressants. What she did not disclose during her presentation was the fact that her baby then only one and a half years old was already suffering such severe diabetes that she was insulin-dependent! Of course anyone knows that means her life will be cut short because of the impact of diabetes at such an early age.

Are these the only problems in children stemming from their mothers use of antidepressants ? Far from it ! These are only some of the life threatening and very serious adverse effects that can come for my mother’s use of antidepressants before and during pregnancy. Much more is coming out now about the depression and anxiety and learning difficulties these children have due to the exposure to these drugs in the womb.

Young women of childbearing age who want families need to to be warned of the many possibilities of the negative impact of the use of an antidepressant upon their offspring instead of being lied to about these drugs being perfectly safe in pregnancy. If they want families they need to know how their use of these drugs can in fact produce life threatening situations for their children and long_term effects which can show up years later.

And this post wood not be complete without including very first comment posted on Facebook in response to this from a mother who was assured over and over again that her medication was safe during pregnancy thus affecting many of her children before one of them did not survive….


“I am sick of hearing “I was on antidepressants and my baby was fine.” Everyone assumes that exposure only causes physical defects.
“As a mom with a PPHN baby, a heart defect baby and one who died, plus 3 other living guys exposed (thank you lying medical comminity), you may not notice the impact right away. My 16 year old had a non eventful birth and was a normally healthy baby who was breastfed while I was still on antidepressants, as well as my 11 year old, and both have issues with behaviour and maturing at the same rate as others plus impulse control issues. You know, all the symptoms that get kids medicated for things like ADHD?
“I wonder how many babies born fine grow up to be struggling with problems because their brain was affected while in the womb? You can’t see the brain. There is so much more going on than we know.
“Unless you are of the belief that a mom taking street drugs as opposed to the mom on prescription drugs; your body knows the difference right?”


We love you Manie! I still have the picture I had of you on my desk in Iowa with you in your karate uniform. I hope with this last surgery it did not impair your ability to do your karate in any way.


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I do not believe it is clear to many people how serious these SSRI birth defect cases really are. This is to give you an idea of just how serious the birth defect cases are going against these drug companies…

Child was born with multiple birth defects…The complainant states that she took Zoloft throughout her pregnancy after it was prescribed by her treating physicians. She gave birth to a child with numerous congenital birth defects. The baby has been diagnosed with spina bifida, scoliosis, vater syndrome, tracheoesophageal fistula, and mitral valve regurgitation.


New Jersey Woman Files Zoloft Birth Defects Lawsuit

Perry Larkin | November 6th, 2012 | Posted in Zoloft Lawsuits

A New Jersey woman filed a new Zoloft litigation on October 17, 2012 seeking damages against manufacturer Pfizer, Inc. According to the filing the woman took the antidepressant Zoloft during her pregnancy and it caused multiple birth defects in her newborn son.

The case was filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Foley Square). She makes complaints of product liability, defective design, failure to warn, negligence and misrepresentation and seeks punitive and actual damages.

Zoloft accused of showing “willful disregard” to informing the public of risks

According to studies, Zoloft has long been linked to birth defects in newborns. In spite of FDA regulations that the new medical evidence requires Pfizer to update the warning label, the company has yet to do so.

The plaintiff’s attorney states that the company showed a willful disregard to informing the medical community and public of the risk of congenital birth defects due to Zoloft and this caused permanent harm to his client’s son. The label still fails to warn of the dangers and risks of congenital birth defects of Zoloft if it’s taken during pregnancy.

The plaintiff claims that her baby suffered from the following side effects of Zoloft: spina bifida, vater syndrome, clubfoot and other related defects.

Pfizer alleged to have known of side effects as early as 2007

The lawsuit alleges that Pfizer carelessly marketed the product and failed to provide sufficient warning as to the possible side effects to pregnant women. This case joins other designated cases for the pilot program of the district court, which aims to address complex civil cases.

The complaint says that in 2007, Pfizer knew that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Zoloft doubled the risk of septal heart defects in babies who were born to mothers who took the medication. In studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it indicates that a four-fold increase in heart defects was connected to pregnant women using Zoloft during their first trimester. Other studies showed that using the medication while pregnant is also linked to a higher occurrence of heart malformation.

Child was born with multiple birth defects

The complainant states that she took Zoloft throughout her pregnancy after it was prescribed by her treating physicians. She gave birth to a child with numerous congenital birth defects. The baby has been diagnosed with spina bifida, scoliosis, vater syndrome, tracheoesophageal fistula, and mitral valve regurgitation.

The plaintiff seeks compensation for medical costs, as well as punitive and special damages.


Zoloft Caused Daughter’s Birth Defects, Tennessee Parents Claim in Lawsuit

Tracy Ray | October 24th, 2012 | Posted in Zoloft Lawsuits

In a lawsuit against Pfizer that was recently added to the Zoloft MDL, parents Michael and Shana Reid of Tennessee charge that their daughter was born with birth defects resulting from Zoloft. The Reids originally filed their lawsuit on June 8, 2012, in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County, and the case was transferred to the Zoloft MDL in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, on August 16, 2012.

Baby needed surgery for life-threatening defects

According to the Reid’s lawsuit, Shana Reid was prescribed Zoloft by her physician during her pregnancy. She read the drug’s warning label, but did not see anything about birth defects, so she trusted that the antidepressant was safe to use while pregnant. Had she been warned about the risk of birth defects resulting from Zoloft, she would not have taken it during her pregnancy, she states in the lawsuit.

The Reid’s baby was born on October 14, 2004 with life-threatening congenital birth defects, the lawsuit states. As a result, the child has undergone corrective surgery and is likely to require further surgeries in future.

Plaintiffs accuse Pfizer of failure to warn mothers of Zoloft’s risks

The Reid’s lawsuit alleges that Pfizer was aware of the risk of side effects after taking Zoloft, but failed to adequately warn the public or the medical community. Their lawsuit charges that Pfizer’s marketing and advertising for Zoloft misled pregnant women and their doctors by giving inaccurate or misleading information about the danger Zoloft poses to a fetus when the drug is taken during pregnancy.

The lawsuit bring counts of failure to warn, design defect, fraud, negligence, gross negligence, negligent design, and breach of warranties. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation in excess of $75,000 in damages.

FDA issued warning about Zoloft birth defects

The FDA issued a warning in July 2006 stating that studies had shown that babies born to mothers who took Zoloft or other SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy were six times more likely to be born with PPHN than babies born to mothers who did not take antidepressants.
The following year, a 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who took Zoloft during the first trimester had double the risk of giving birth to an infant with heart defects, compared to those who did not take antidepressants.


A Lawsuit Alleging Birth Defects From Zoloft is Filed in Pennsylvania
Perry Larkin | October 15th, 2012 | Posted in Zoloft Lawsuits
On September 10, 2012, a new lawsuit alleging birth defects from the use of Zoloft while pregnant was filed on behalf of ten plaintiffs by Zoloft attorneys. The case, Lentz et. Al. v. Pfizer Inc., was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and alleges that the antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline) is responsible for the birth defects in their children.

This lawsuit joins the increasing number of plaintiffs who are seeking compensation for the alleged problems as a result of the medication.

Pfizer is accused of knowing of the risk of birth defects and failing to alert the public

The lawsuit alleges that Pfizer knew of the possibility of birth defects from preclinical and published studies and took no action to properly study the drug and its aftereffects. In addition, they chose not to publish these studies due to the revelation of increased risks with the drug. The manufacturer is accused of concealing, suppressing the results, and failing to warn consumers of the potential dangers. Pfizer continues to deny these accusations.

Many side effects from Zoloft can affect the heart, the gastrointestinal system, and cranial malformations

The children were born between 1998 and 2011. A correlation was demonstrated in studies between 2007 and 2009 that indicated the increased risk of birth defects when women take Zoloft while pregnant, but the plaintiffs were unaware of these studies. The plaintiffs claim that if they’d known of the risks, they never would have taken the drug.
Some of the side effects resulting from Zoloft use described in the lawsuit include gastrointestinal problems such as anteriorly displaced anus and omphalocele; heart defects such as right-sided aortic arch, patent ductus arteriosus, cleft mitral valve, transposition of the great arteries, atrial and ventrical septal defects, anomalous pulmonary venous return, and aotrtic stenosis; and craniofacial malformations such as cleft lip and palate, and multiple-suture craniosynostosis.

Pfizer’s safety information posted online doesn’t mention birth defects
On their website, Pfizer has posted “Important Safety Information” about possible complications of Zoloft, but doesn’t specifically mention birth defects. The site does state that “[w]omen who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or who are breastfeeding should not take any antidepressant without consulting their doctor,” but to date doesn’t acknowledge any risk of birth defects, nor does it indicate that Zoloft poses any risk to a pregnancy that other antidepressants don’t also pose.


Zoloft Drugmaker Blamed for Child Death

Elise Kramer | October 11th, 2012 | Posted in Zoloft Lawsuits

A New York couple has filed a lawsuit against Zoloft drug maker Pfizer, claiming that the antidepressant Zoloft is responsible for the birth defects experienced by their deceased son. The lawsuit was filed on August 17, 2012, in the United States’ District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where the current Zoloft multidistrict litigation case is taking place. Jessica and Shawn Coon are claiming that Zoloft was responsible for the side effects experienced by their child, as Jessica took the medication during her pregnancy; they claim that they were not adequately informed of potential side effects associated with the medication at the time.

Negligence claimed by couple

The plaintiffs claim that the deceased minor, known as J.A.C., was born with congenital heart defects caused by birth defects after Zoloft use. He passed away just one month after he was born at the West Chester Medical Center in New York. They claim that because of Pfizer’s negligence and misrepresentation, Jessica Coon continued to take the SSRI drug Zoloft while she was pregnant with her child, which resulted in the birth defects he suffered and in his subsequent death.

The lawsuit claims that Pfizer and its subsidiaries, including Greenstone LLC, did not demonstrate reasonable care in the production, marketing, and distribution of their antidepressant, which caused a number of patients to suffer from birth defects as a result of the drug’s use by pregnant mothers. A number of studies have shown that Zoloft can be linked to an increased risk in birth defects, including PPHN and congenital heart disorders, which can be fatal in serious cases.

Numerous birth defects associated with antidepressant

The growing number of plaintiffs who have chosen to file a birth defects lawsuit related to Zoloft indicates the serious concern about birth defects related to the drug. Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that infants born to women taking SSRI medications such as Zoloft were 50 percent more likely to develop heart defects and other serious heart problems.

About the Author: Ann Blake Tracy is the author of PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA? –OUR SEROTONIN NIGHTMARE!, and the director of the International Coalition For Drug Awareness []. She has testified before the FDA and has testified as an expert in legal cases involving serotonergic medications since 1992.

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